The Yellow Birds

‘Sherlock’s’ Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Cast of Iraq War Drama ‘The Yellow Birds’

Just in case you were worried that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t have enough to keep himself occupied during the hiatus of the detective drama series, well, you can rest easy. According to Variety, Cumberbatch has officially joined the cast of upcoming Iraq War drama The Yellow Birds, alongside Mud’s Tye Sheridan and The Maze Runner’s Will Poulter.

The film will adapt Kevin Powers’ novel of the same name, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. It follows the story of 21-year-old Private Bartle (Poulter), who promises the mother of a young soldier he meets in boot camp (Sheridan) that he will watch over her son and bring him home safely after they are deployed to Iraq. Cumberbatch will play an older sergeant that takes the two young soldiers under his wing.