Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in 'The Man in the Rockerfeller Suit'.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

The 40-year-old 'Doctor Strange' star is currently in negotiations with Fox Searchlight, about taking on the lead role in the upcoming drama, according to Deadline.

'The Man in the Rockerfeller Suit' tells the true story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter - a man who made a career out of conning his way into various Wall Street companies as well as hoodwinking his wife by posing as a member of the Rockerfeller family.

And the upcoming movie will be an adaptation of the book, 'The Man in the Rockerfeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter' by Mark Seal, which has been adapted for screen by David Bar Katz.

Donald De Line is attached to produce and the studio has signed Walter Salles to direct the project, with the movie expected to begin production soon.

In the meantime, Cumberbatch will next star as Thomas Edison in the Weinstein Company's 'The Current War' to be released on January 5, 2018 and he reprises his role as Doctor Strange in upcoming movie 'Thor: Ragnarok', which hits cinemas on October 27.