Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, and Lee Pace of ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ attend Comic-Con International 2014 on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California[HQ]
Director Peter Jackson, screenwriter Philippa Boyens, actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Graham McTavish, Elijah Wood, and Andy Serkis attend the Legendary Pictures preview and panel during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California[HQ]
Cumberbros and Cumberbabes of all sorts would love to see their man Benedict Cumberbatch as the title magical superhero of Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange movie.
However, it does not look like the Eye of Agamotto and a neato cloak is in the British actor’s near future as much as the Bard will be.
The Internet “apparently” is very keen to see Cumberbatch as a big-screen Stephen Strange but it probably is not to be, he says. “I don’t know if the Internet can manage my schedule and Marvel’s, but if they can, good luck to the Internet.”
Cumberbatch, who is at Comic-Con for Penguins of Madagascar (in which he voices a superspy wolf) and presumably also for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (where he voices the Necromancer and the dragon Smaug), feels that Strange is “a great character.”
That’s the good news for those who like the thought of a little Sherlock in their comic-book movies.
The bad news: A major stumbling block is Cumberbatch signed on for 12 weeks of Shakespeare’s Hamlet next summer at London’s Barbican theater, “and I can’t move the play,” he says. “You’ve got to do that within a certain amount of time just to be fair on the culture. If you announce that you’re going to do it, you need to stick to that because other people are waiting to do theirs.”
He has plenty of screen work coming for folks to check out, regardless, including The Imitation Game, a Sherlock Christmas special and hopefully after that The Lost City of Z and a fourth season of Sherlock.
Cumberbatch is excited to get back to the stage with director Lindsey Turner’s take on Hamlet. He wanted it to be a true collaboration between the two of them, he says, and Turner told him she wanted “to treat it like it’s a new play that’s just arrived at the Royal Court Theatre and you can question the writer as if he’s in the room.”
There’s also some Shakespeare on TV for him, too. When he’s back in London, Cumberbatch will be playing Richard III for BBC2 in a continuation of the Hollow Crown series. The actor stars as the character in Henry VI Part 1 and 2 as well as Richard III.
Getting to “play Richard all through the Henrys” is a real treat, Cumberbatch says. “It’s a nice run when you really get to understand why this disabled son of these athletic Kennedy-esque jock guys is slowly festering his resentment and why he sets his sights on the crown at the cost of everything in his path.
"You don’t just get the slight wink of a psychopath at the beginning of ‘Now is the Winter of our discontent.’ You know what’s come before, you know who it is saying that, so I’m really thrilled to bring that version of the character to the screen."
Shakespeare is so much better :)
Happy 4th Birthday, Sherlock!!!!
A Study in Pink aired on this day four years ago! Crazy how this show changed so many lives! Thank you, Sherlock!
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Benedict Cumberbatch Interview - SDCC Official Panel 2014 - Penguins of Madagascar & Sherlock
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Benedict Cumberbatch at SDCC July 24 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at SDCC, July 24 2014
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Benedict Cumberbatch attends “The Penguins of Madagascar” press line on Day 1 of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego[HQ]
Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli in LA, July 22 2014.
Not new. Just old Sherlock promo stills doing the rounds again.
Here’s the high resolution cover art for the brand new official behind the scenes book Sherlock: Chronicles, just revealed by Ebury Publishing.
Pre-order on Amazon UK.