Benedict Cumberbatch Takes the Lead in Netflix's The 39 Steps Limited Series

Benedict Cumberbatch Takes the Lead in Netflix's The 39 Steps Limited Series
Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to lead a limited series adaptation of author John Buchan's novel The 39 Steps, which was adapted by directing icon Alfred Hitchcock way back in 1935. The Cumberbatch-led series will reportedly update the story for modern day, with Netflix winning the rights to the project.

First published in 1915, author John Buchan's novel The 39 Steps follows adventurer Richard Hannay, who has just returned from South Africa. He quickly becomes thoroughly bored with London life, until he is accosted by a mysterious American, who warns him of an assassination plot that could completely destabilize the fragile political balance of Europe. Initially sceptical, Hannay nonetheless harbours the man, but one day returns home to find him murdered.

An obvious suspect, Hannay flees to his native Scotland, pursued by both the police and a cunning, ruthless enemy. With his life and the security of Britain in grave peril,
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