2013: the year of Benedict Cumberbatch

I could already hear the laughter of my dear friend Shruti as I typed the title of this article, she who thinks I have a crush on Cumberbatch (I do not! He’s good, and it stops there!) simply because I wrote that he has a cool name at the bottom of my “War Horse” review over a year ago…

Sorry Cumberbabes, but this guy doesn't cut it for me!

Sorry Cumberbabes, but this guy doesn’t cut it for me! Good actor though 😉

That being said, it seems that the infamous BBC Sherlock (for some of my friends ;)) will regularly be featured on the screens of a multiplex near you due to his presence in no less than 5 films in the coming year! And they are…

“Star Trek Into Darkness” (May 15, 2013): directed by J. J. Abrams, the much awaited follow up to the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot has Cumberbatch playing a villain named John Harrison. The rumour mill has it that his character will eventually become Khan, but we will only truly know on May 15th…

John Harrison (Cumberbatch) surrounded by Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Cpt Kirk (Chris Pine)

John Harrison (Cumberbatch) surrounded by Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Cpt Kirk (Chris Pine)

“The Fifth Estate” (November 15, 2013). Directed by Bill Condon, Cumberbatch plays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a most-likely controversial retelling of the beginnings of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks and Assange’s relationship with early supporter Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl, who’ll be featured in my next article), which suffered a rift once the site became popular. The story is partly based on Domscheit-Berg’s book, which Assange has already condemned, so you know it’ll be controversial and that you’ll be hearing about this movie!

Julian Assange (Cumberbatch) in "The Fifth Estate"

Julian Assange (Cumberbatch) in “The Fifth Estate”

“Osage: August County” (November 8, 2013): Of all the movies on this list, this one definitely has the most Oscar potential because of two names attached to the film: Harvey Weinstein and George Clooney. The Oscar winning producers are bringing this Tony Award winning play to the big screen with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, amongst many others. Cumberbatch will play “Little” Charles Aiken, Streep’s character’s nephew, a sensitive and clumsy unemployed screw-up. Sounds like the comic relief of the film!

Charles Aiken (Chris Cooper) and "Little" Charles Aiken (Cumberbatch) on the set of "August: Osage County"

Charles Aiken (Chris Cooper) and “Little” Charles Aiken (Cumberbatch) on the set of “August: Osage County”

“12 Years a Slave” (end of 2013): One of my most anticipated films of the year! Directed by Steve McQueen (“Hunger”, “Shame”) and featuring an impressive cast comprising of Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt, Quzenvhané Wallis. The film is based on the memoirs of   Solomon Northop (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who was living as a free man in New York in the 1800s but then kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Cumberbatch plays William Ford, a plantation owner who buys Northop… another meanie role?

“The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug” (December 11, 2013): Actually, Cumberbatch had a part in the first installment of “The Hobbit” trilogy and will have a part in the last installment, as he lends his voice to the terrible dragon Smaug.

To be honest, I never thought that the actor playing the pedophile in “Atonement” would get so far, perhaps because he totally creeped me out in that role that I still have a hard time seeing him as anything but that character, but maybe 2013 will change that!

That being said, as much as 2013 is technically Cumberbatch’s year, my heart goes out to Daniel Brühl, Cumberbatch’s “The Fifth Estate” co-star, as the one on which I wish a great year! Read it in my next article. 😉


4 thoughts on “2013: the year of Benedict Cumberbatch

  1. Pingback: But 2013 is also the year of Daniel Brühl (or at least, I want it to be!) | WATTS AT THE MOVIES

  2. oh My …tu le vois …j.ai laissé mes milles et une occupations du moment pour un commentaire…je me le devais..au risque de paraître une fausse fan si je ne le faisais pas…( i know you would say that if i didn’t comment ;-p )
    toujours est il que venant pour la forme…je décvouvre une foule d’information ( qui participent à mon engagement de gagner aux oscars 2014 jajjajajajajajajajaj) qui me font réaliser que décidement même sij,aime pas sa gueule dans les autres films….j’adore le fait qu’il soit dans des différents registres avec ces 5 films. en même temps ça confirm juste mon goût ( sans me vanter) et ma capacité à voir le potentiel d’un acteur…..parce que je prends toujours des résolutions à chaque que je n arrive jamais à tenir mais qu ime pousse à essayer encore plus ….
    une de mes résolutions 2013 ( excepté gagner aux oscars 2014,…yeah i know…je radote) sera e voir tous ces films …..et mademoiselle .. j,espèr que vous serez de la partie…
    Allez je retourne à mes dossiers…trop de boulot….pas de temps ( sigh….)


    • Tu as bien raison!! C’est certain que je t’aurais chicané si tu n’avais pas commenté, surtout que tu n’avais pas commenté tous mes articles préparatoires aux Oscars (les Saviez-vous que?) que tu m’as “obligée” à écrire ;P (Haha!!)

      ALLO?? Voir le potentiel d’un acteur, je connais ça!! Who is the biggest Paul Giamatti fan in the world??? ME!!! Et ce n’est certainement pas pour sa gueule, mais définitivement pour son grand talent et la diversité de ses rôles! (Michael Fassbender on the other hand… a lovely mariage of both sex appeal and talent!! Hihi! 😉

      Je suis bien contente que tu sois pleinement motivée à battre le duo infernal de Shru et Jo aux Oscars 2014!! All I am going to say, to conclude, is good luck with that and of course, I will join you to see a Cumberbatch movie or two or more 😉


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