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Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy Join Movie "The Book of Clarence"

Wed 07 Dec 2022 | 09:36 AM
Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy
Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy
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Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch and Golden Globe Award nominee James McAvoy have joined the cast of Legendary Pictures’ movie "The Book of Clarence".

It also stars LaKeith Stanfield, Omar Sy, RJ Cyler, Alfre Woodard, Anna Diop, David Oyelowo, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Caleb McLaughlin.

The cast also features BAFTA winner Micheal Ward, Tom Glynn-Carney, Babs Olusanmokun, Eric Kofi Abrefa, Teyana Taylor, Nicholas Pinnock, and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

While plot details on “Book of Clarence” remain scarce, British multi-hyphenate Jeymes Samuel, who is also known as The Bullitts, seems to be looking to break new ground in the biblical epic territory.

The movie is set during the time of Jesus and will follow Clarence of Jerusalem who seeks opportunities in the wrong places. With unexpected turns to his story, his journey will lead him to exciting adventures that force him to explore what is within himself.

The movie will see Samuel reunite with his previous collaborators James Lassiter, Tendo Nagenda, and Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter.

“The Book of Clarence,” marks the hyphenate follow-up to his directorial debut, the stylish Black Western “The Harder They Fall”, which also starred Stanfield and repped a new take on the oater genre.

Samuel previously described "The Book of Clarence" as inspired by biblical epics such as "The Ten Commandments", "The Greatest Story Ever Told", "Samson and Delilah", and "Ben-Hur".

Principal photography began on November 19 in the ancient southern Italian town known for its prehistoric whitewashed caves.

“Book of Clarence” is set to shoot for nine weeks on location in and around Matera with an estimated $20 million investment being made by the production in the region.