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Sherlock Series 3
Benedict as: Sherlock Holmes
Year: 2010-Present
Status: Now On DVD & Blu-Ray
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Benedict as: Necromancer
Year: 2012
Status: Now On DVD & Blu-Ray
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Star Trek Into Darkness
Benedict as: Khan / "John Harrison"
Year: 2013
Status: Now On DVD & Blu-Ray
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The Fifth Estate
Benedict as: Julian Assange
Year: 2013
Status: Now On DVD & Blu-Ray
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Twelve Years A Slave
Benedict as: William Ford
Year: 2013
Status: Now On DVD & Blu-Ray
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Benedict as: Smaug (voice)
Year: 2013
Status: In Theatres
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August: Osage County
Benedict as: "Little" Charles Aiken
Year: 2014
Status: In Theatres
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The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Benedict as: Necromancer
Year: 2014
Status: Post-Production
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The Imitation Game
Benedict as: Alan Turing
Year: 2014
Status: Filming
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The critically acclaimed 12 Years A Slave, adapted from the novel of the same name by Solomon Northup, about one free man's story of being stolen into slavery in pre-Civil War America, is currently in theaters and is planned to be released on DVD/Blu-Ray/digital on 4 March, 2014.

Benedict's Role: Northup's first owner, William Ford
Director: Steve McQueen
MPAA rating: R, for violence/cruelty, nudity and sexuality
Also Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Brad Pitt, Sarah Paulson
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Benedict Cumberbatch To Play A Rival ‘Richard III’ To Martin Freeman

Two weeks ago, the big news was that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Hamlet in the West End, in 2015. This clearly needed a year’s advance warning, so fans can prepare travel budgets and buy ticket-handling gauntlets.

Then, last week it was announced that his Sherlock compadre Martin Freeman would also be treading the boards and performing the Bard, in a production of Richard III this summer.

But now, with the announcement that Benedict is to play the same role in a new BBC TV production of William Shakespeare’s retelling of the Wars of the Roses—Henry VI parts 1 and 2, and Richard III—that will be on screen at the same time that Martin is on the stage, it’s starting to look a little like a very thespian game of career chess, with each Sherlock actor trying to out-Shakespeare the other.

This new series coms from Neal Street Productions, who won a BAFTA for their last historical Shakespeare collection, The Hollow Crown. They will be directed by Dominic Cooke, former artistic director of the Royal Court theatre, where Benedict appeared in Martin Crimp’s play The City in 2008.

In a press release, Benedict said: “I can’t wait to work with Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life for the BBC and Neal Street Productions’s peerless series of Shakespeare’s history plays.”


One Comment on "Benedict Cumberbatch To Play A Rival ‘Richard III’ To Martin Freeman"

  1. Piiia says:

    As it is now middle of April and they have not yet begin to film Richard III, I think it is very unlikely it will be at the screen at the same time as Martin Freeman will be on stage, which is this summer. Next summer, perhaps.

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