He already appeared to be on the fast-track to the A-list after catching the eyes of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Now Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes TV series, may have landed his most high-profile role so far: the villain in the latest Star Trek movie.
Both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter say Cumberbatch is stepping into shoes recently vacated by Benicio Del Toro, who was initially set to square off against Captain James T Kirk et al in JJ Abrams’ forthcoming followup to his own blockbusting 2009 series reboot. Variety says talks with Del Toro broke down about a month ago, and Cumberbatch subsequently blew Abrams and his team away with an incendiary audition.
The 35-year-old British actor is also due to voice Smaug the dragon and the Necromancer in Jackson’s two-part Hobbit project. He is currently appearing as Major Stewart in Spielberg’s Oscars-tipped War Horse, as well as playing an MI6 operative in Tomas Alfredson’s recent adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
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