Benedict Cumberbatch has reportedly agreed to star in the forthcoming war drama The Yellow Birds.

The movie, which is set to be directed by David Lowery, is an adaptation of Kevin Power's bestselling novel which is set during the Iraq war.

The film will follow two young soldiers who meet at boot camp the night before their deployment to Iraq. The friends must then face the atrocities of war together. 

In addition to Cumberbatch, actors Tye Sheridan and Will Poulter are also set to star.