Benedict Cumberbatch cast in Iraq war drama

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May 19th, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch will hit the big screen in Iraq war drama 'The Yellow Birds'.

The 37-year-old star will play a sergeant who takes two young soldiers played by Tye Sheridan and Will Poulter under his wing as they are deployed, reports Variety.com.

David Lowery is set to helm the picture which is based on Kevin Powers novel of the same name and the filmmaker revealed he's more interested in the characters personal stories rather than the conflict they get caught in.

Lowery said: ''I never had any interest in making a war film until Jeff and Evan brought me the novel by Kevin Powers.

''And perhaps I still don't, because while Powers' story takes place during wartime, it isn't about the conflict. It is about characters who find themselves caught up in war, but who struggle to not let it define them. I fell in love with them. It is a beautiful and deeply personal tale, relayed through images and memories, and I am excited to have the chance to bring it to the screen.''

Cumberbatch will next be seen in 'The Imitation Game', while Sheridan is shooting 'Scouts vs. Zombies' and Poulter recently starred in 'We're the Millers'.