Get ready for a lot of Colin Trevorrow back in cinemas. We haven’t seen a new film from the director since his notorious misfire The Book of Henry, but he’s now got several on the way.
Having just wrapped on Jurassic World: Dominion (set for a June 2022 release), Trevorrow has already set his next project, which will be a World War II drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch titled War Magician.
According to Deadline, the film is based on the story of Jasper Maskelyne, a British illusionist who used magic to defeat Erwin Rommel in World War II. The script, written by E. Nicholas Mariani, is based on a book by David Fisher, and will reportedly feature an international “magic gang” who worked with Maskelyne and a female military officer to defeat the Nazis.
It’s certainly an interesting setup, and with its wartime setting sounds like a movie that could have the Academy’s eyes all over it. If it’s successful it’ll be a big turnaround for Trevorrow, who after directing the award-winning indie hit Safety Not Guaranteed and colossal blockbuster Jurassic World (currently at #7 all-time at the box office) was put back on his heels after the disaster that was Book of Henry and his subsequent firing from the director’s seat of Star Wars: Episode IX.
For Cumberbatch, it’s a return to a genre that has proved very fruitful for him. He earned an Oscar nomination for his leading role in the World War II set Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, and also starred in supporting roles in World War I dramas War Horse (a prequel to War Magician?) and 1917. All three films earned Best Picture nominations, so perhaps this could create a quartet.
No word yet on who will star in the film alongside Cumberbatch, but keep an eye on this one.