The high profile British actor looks unrecognizable as he transforms into

The high-profile British actor looks unrecognizable as he transforms into Jesus for a new film – but can YOU guess who that is?

A British Hollywood actor looks a world away from his usual clean-cut image in his latest film.

The 47-year-old star, who has appeared on both television and film, is unrecognizable as a beggar named Benjamin, who is mistaken for Jesus in the book Clarence.

With matted hair in dreadlocks, long facial hair, a mud-caked face and dressed in rags, the film star looks completely different from his usual dark curly hair and clean-shaven appearance.

But can you already guess who it is?

A British Hollywood actor looks a world away from his usual clean-cut image in his latest film

The 47-year-old star, who has appeared on both television and film, is unrecognizable as a beggar named Benjamin, who is mistaken for Jesus in the book Clarence

The 47-year-old star, who has appeared on both television and film, is unrecognizable as a beggar named Benjamin, who is mistaken for Jesus in the book Clarence

It's Benedict Cumberbatch.

The actor, who has starred in BBC drama series Sherlock and The Imitation Game, will play Benjamin, who is nailed to a post after being mistakenly identified as Jesus.

The Book Of Clarence follows a hapless Jerusalemite who makes a misguided attempt to capitalize on the rise of celebrity and influence the Messiah for his personal gain.

The journey takes him on an exploration of faith and an unexpected path.

LaKeith Stanfield will star alongside James McAvoy, while Jay-Z is one of the film's producers.

The film was originally scheduled to hit cinemas in the UK on January 19, but was pushed back to 11am.

Sony will now reportedly aim to release the film around March, with Deadline reporting that the postponement came from Legendary, which produced and financed it.

The film has already been released in the US and grossed $3 million over the four-day weekend last month.

The movie star looks completely different with short air and clean shaven appearance

The movie star looks completely different with short air and clean shaven appearance

The actor, who has starred in BBC drama series Sherlock and The Imitation Game, will play Benjamin, who is nailed to a post after being mistakenly identified as Jesus

The actor, who has starred in BBC drama series Sherlock and The Imitation Game, will play Benjamin, who is nailed to a post after being mistakenly identified as Jesus

Critics gave the film a “fresh” rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Teyanna Taylor, who plays Maria Madgalene, said she was drawn to the project as a fan of writer-director Jeymes Samuel and “naturally” wanted it.

“[It was]something that became inherently spiritual for me because I'm a spiritual person. And I think it was just great to do my homework and do all of my research.”

“Filming actually brought me closer to God,” she said.