If you’re not watching the BBC series “Sherlock”, you’re missing out on some of the year’s best television. The modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular detective and future Bilbo Baggins Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson, and the duo use modern technology to aid them in solving mysteries. (The first season is streaming on Netflix Watch Instantly right now. What are you still doing here?)
If you’ve already seen the show, you’ll know that Cumberbatch is awesome, and aside from making headlines as a villain in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek sequel, Variety reports he’s getting into the prestige game and joining Shame director Steve McQueen’s next film, Twelve Years A Slave.
The movie has a fantastic cast led by the massively underrated Chiwetel Ejiofor and starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Adepero Oduye, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Ruth Negga, and “SNL” star Taran Killam. Based on a true story, the film follows Ejiofor as a free man who is kidnapped by circus workers and sold into slavery for over a decade. Cumberbatch will play a plantation owner “who buys Ejiofor’s character and is won over by his engineering skills.”
Since I haven’t seen much of Cumberbatch’s work outside of “Sherlock” and Spielberg’s War Horse, I’m looking forward to seeing him switch it up and take on a totally different type of character in what I’m sure will be a solid movie with McQueen at the helm. The talent alone has me interested, so we’ll be sure to keep you posted about this one.