Benedict Cumberbatch would play lead if The Usual Suspects was made today says director Bryan Singer

Cumberbatch replaces Kevin Spacey in the role of Verbal Kint as the director 'recasts' the classic crime drama for 2013 during a Twitter Q&A

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch would play the role that won Kevin Spacey an Academy Award if The Usual Suspects was made today, says Bryan Singer.


The director of the hit 1995 crime thriller revealed his full dream line-up were he to re-make the critical and commercial hit in 2013, during a Twitter Q&A to promote his new film X-Men: Days of Future Past.

In singer’s re-imagining, a star-studded cast would see Edward James Olmos as Agent Kuja, Chris Hemsworth as Keaton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Fenster, Dane DeHaan as McManus, Jonah Hill as Hockney, Jennifer Lawrence as Edie Finneran, Michael Fassbender as Kobayashi and Cumberbatch as Roger “Verbal” Kint.

The Usual Suspects, now acknowledged as a neo-noir classic and cinematic behemoth, came out of nowhere back in 1995 with the then unheard-of Bryan Singer behind the camera and Christopher McQuarrie, who would go on to win the 1996 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the script, penning the movie.

The original ensemble cast was composed of Chazz Palminteri as Agent Kujan, Gabriel Byrne as Keaton, Benicio Del Toro as Fenster, Stephen Baldwin as McManus, Kevin Pollack as Hockney, Suzy Amis as Edie Finneran, Pete Postlethwaite as Kobayashi and Kevin Spacey as Verbal Kint, the role for which he was named Best Supoporting Actor at the Oscars.