Benedict Cumberbatch interview – The Child in Time: Extra – BBC One

Benedict Cumberbatch interview – The Child in Time: Extra – BBC One

Benedict Cumberbatch gives an interview where he talks The Child in Time to Extra – BBC One, watch it below:

The Child in Time First Trailer

The Child in Time First Trailer

First trailer for upcoming drama “The Child in Time” has been released:

Masterpiece has released the the first trailer for The Child In Time adaptation of Ian McEwan’s award-winning 1987 novel. Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald star as grieving parents of a missing child.

Stephen Butchard wrote the 90-minute drama about Stephen Lewis, a successful children’s book author whose daughter suddenly goes missing. Set two years after the girl’s disappearance, The Child In Time follows Lewis as he struggles to find purpose in his life without her. His wife Julie (Macdonald) has left him, and his best friends Charles (Campbell Moore) and Thelma (Saskia Reeves) have retired to the countryside, battling demons of their own. The film explores the dark territory of a marriage devastated, the loss of childhood, the fluidity of time, grief, hope and acceptance. Pinewood Television and Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch TV are producing.

A co-production with BBC One, The Child In Time will air on Masterpiece on PBS in 2018.

Via Deadline

The Current War First Trailer

The first trailer for The Current War is out. Benedict plays Thomas Edison. Opening in selected theaters on November 24th.


Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, THE CURRENT WAR is the epic story of the cutthroat competition between the greatest inventors of the industrial age over whose electrical system would power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, has seen fatal flaws in Edison’s direct current design. Igniting a war of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current. Directed by Alfonso Gomez?Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and written by playwright Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of our Parents), THE CURRENT WAR also stars Katherine Waterston, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tuppence Middleton.

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Boxing Movie ‘Gypsy Boy’

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Boxing Movie ‘Gypsy Boy’

New project!

Benedict Cumberbatch will star in “Gypsy Boy,” a big-screen adaptation of Mikey Walsh’s best-selling memoirs about growing up in the British Romany community and becoming a boxer.

Morgan Matthews, the two-time BAFTA Award-winning director whose first narrative feature was the highly acclaimed “X+Y” (a.k.a. “A Brilliant Young Mind”), will direct the feature, which is scheduled to start production in the summer of 2018.

Playwright and screenwriter James Graham, who has two plays in London’s West End this fall — “Ink” and “Labour of Love” — worked closely with Walsh on the screen adaptation.

Dee Koppang O’Leary (Netflix’s “The Crown”) and Kevin Loader (“My Cousin Rachel”) will produce.

Protagonist Pictures is handling worldwide sales on the project and is introducing it to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The two autobiographies, “Gypsy Boy” and its sequel “Gypsy Boy: On The Run,” chronicle Walsh’s experiences growing up in England’s Romany community in the 1980s and ’90s.

The books were optioned and developed as a film by Koppang O’Leary of Bowery & Bond Films, who worked closely with Walsh, whom she met shortly after he left the Romany community. BBC Films then came on board to finance the project.

The notorious Walsh family was part of the last generation of the Romany Gypsy people, known for their ability to fight. The sport of boxing is embedded in the Gypsy tradition – to fight for one’s family name and honor and reap the glory of its success.

When young Mikey Walsh is born, father Frank (Cumberbatch) places a pair of golden gloves on a chain around his neck in the hope that his son will maintain the family’s reputation. But even as an infant, Frank notices there is something different in Mikey, which leads to frustration and anger building over time.

As he grows into his teens, Mikey is forced to make an agonising decision – to stay and keep fighting, and face the shame head on, or escape, never to come back…

Casting is currently underway to find a young actor to play Mikey opposite Cumberbatch.

“I was immediately drawn to Mikey’s courageous and heart-breaking story. And his father Frank is unlike any character I’ve played before,” said Cumberbatch, and Oscar nominee for 2015’s “The Imitation Game” who will appear on screen this year in both “Thor: Ragnarok” and “The Current War.”

“He’s a complex man torn between tradition and his love for a son struggling to come to terms with an identity that’s completely at odds with Frank and his culture,” the actor said. “It’s a tension that threatens to tear everyone in their family and that community apart.”


‘Current War’ to Open Over Thanksgiving

‘Current War’ to Open Over Thanksgiving

New release date for The Current War.

The Weinstein Company is delaying the release of “Mary Magdalene,” its upcoming religious epic, by four months, and moving the premiere of “The Current War,” an Oscar-bait historical drama, into the week of Thanksgiving.

“Mary Magdalene” will premiere in theaters March 30, 2018, otherwise known as Easter weekend, which pushes it out of this year’s awards season. It was originally slated to debut on Nov. 24, 2017. “The Current War” will bow in theaters in the slot that “Mary Magdalene” vacated — it was initially supposed to launch on Dec. 22, 2017. The film will screen at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Both pictures will start their runs in limited release.

Rooney Mara stars as the title character in “Mary Magdalene,” one of Jesus’ followers. Joaquin Phoenix plays Jesus, while Garth Davis, who scored a box office hit with last year’s “Lion,” directs the film.

“The Current War” stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, and centers on their race to find a way to offer electricity to consumers. Alfonso Gomez?Rejon (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) directs the picture from a script by playwright Michael Mitnick. It’s expected to get a major awards push from the indie studio.

In its new slot, “The Current War” will open against “Call My by Your Name,” a romantic drama with Armie Hammer that garnered raves at Sundance. It will also premiere two days after Pixar’s “Coco,” Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” and the Morgan Freeman actioner “Villa Capri” hit theaters.


Disney D23 Expo Photos

Disney D23 Expo Photos

Here are photos of Benedict at this weekend Disney D23 Expo to promote Avengers: Infinity War:

The Avengers: Infinity War Cast at D23 Expo

Yesterday the cast of Avengers: Infinity War attended the D23 Expo where they presented a preview from the movie. Here’s a photo from the whole cast:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal in Talks to Star in Thriller ‘Rio’

‘A Bigger Splash’ director Luca Guadagnino is directing from a script by ‘Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are booking a trip to Rio.

The two actors are in talks for the Studiocanal financed feature, which centers on a reporter (Gyllenhaal) that travels to Brazil to visit a wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), who asks for help in faking his death.

A Bigger Splash director Luca Guadagnino is directing from a script by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight.

Gyllenhaal and Cumberbatch are both set to produce via their banners, Nine Stories Productions and Sunny March, respectively. Adam Ackland and Riva Marker will also produce.

Studiocanal is planning to present the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival, where Gyllenhaal’s most recent feature, Bong Joon-ho’s Okja, is premiering.

Cumberbatch and Gyllenhaal are two of Hollywood’s busiest stars with a wide variety of projects in various states of production.

Cumberbatch is set for The Weinstein Company’s The Current War, where he will play Thomas Edison opposite Nicholas Hoult’s Nikola Tesla.

He will also reprise his Marvel alter-ego, Dr. Strange, in the next Avengers movie, Infinity War, and is set to voice the Grinch in Illumination’s take on the Dr. Seuss Christmas tale. He is repped by UTA, the U.K.’s Conway van Gelder Grant and Sloane Offer.

Gyllenhaal, who just finished his Broadway role in Sunday in the Park with George, will be seen in Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife. He is repped by WME and Bloom Hergott.


Benedict Cumberbatch Starring In The Man In The Rockefeller Suit

New Project for Benedict!

Because he doesn’t already have enough acting jobs lined up, Benedict Cumberbatch is sorting out the details for one more. He has his eye on The Man In The Rockefeller Suit for Fox Searchlight.

It’s the true story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a man for whom “truth” did not come naturally. After moving from Germany to the States in his late teens, he pulled off a variety of scams using aliases, living as an actor, director, art collector, an English aristocrat and even a ship’s captain.

In 1995, having assumed the identity Clark Rockefeller, and trading off the name to secure various business opportunities, he crucially lived off the income of Sandra Boss, a successful businesswoman he persuaded to marry him. They had a daughter together, but when Boss began to discover “Clark” wasn’t quite who he claimed to be, Gerhartsreiter tried to kidnap the child. He was arrested for that, and was then convicted of the 1985 murder of a man in California.

David Bar Katz wrote the script, which adapts Mark Seal’s eponymous book, subtitled The Astonishing Rise And Spectacular Fall Of A Serial Impostor. Searchlight wants to make this one as quickly as possible, and the hunt for a director is now on.

Cumberbatch – if that is indeed his real name – will pop up as Doctor Strange in Thor: Ragnarok (out 27 October) and plays Thomas Edison in The Current War, which will arrive here on 5 January next year.


Benedict Cumberbatch to Lead New Showtime Series Melrose

Today, Showtime Networks announced the pickup of the five-part limited series Melrose, starring and executive produced by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Sherlock). BAFTA Award nominee David Nicholls (Far From the Madding Crowd, One Day) is writing all five episodes of the television adaptation. Based on the acclaimed Patrick Melrose series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn, Melrose hilariously skewers the upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery. A co-production between Showtime and Sky Atlantic, the limited series will begin shooting in New York, London and the South of France in August. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc.

In a tour de force role, Cumberbatch will play Melrose, an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned the behavior. Asked in 2013 if he could play any literary character ever, Cumberbatch shared in a Reddit Q&A that it would be Patrick Melrose. The limited series will be a true television saga, both gripping and humorous from Nicholls’ adaptation, with a dramatic sweep that encompasses the South of France in the 1960s, New York in the 1980s and Britain in the early 2000’s. Melrose will devote one hour to each of the five novels, with each episode set over the course of a few intense days in the life of the protagonist.

“We are delighted to be part of this incredible series,” said Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland. “We have been huge fans of these books for many years and David Nicholls adaptations are extraordinary.”

Michael Jackson and Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning producer Rachael Horovitz (Moneyball, Grey Gardens) also serve as executive producers. Jackson, the former Channel Four and IAC executive, recently formed the drama banner Two Cities Television. Melrose will be the company’s first production. Along with Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland will executive produce for SunnyMarch.

“I’ve been a huge admirer of Edward St Aubyn’s novels for years, and can’t wait to bring these dark, witty, brilliant books to the screen,” said David Nicholls. “Benedict is the perfect Patrick Melrose.”

Said Horovitz and Jackson, “Edward St. Aubyn’s book series is one of the great works of fiction of the last thirty years. It’s a privilege to bring them to television with the person who was born to play this remarkable, compelling character.”

Cumberbatch has been nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his role as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, winning the honor in 2014. He also received Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, British Independent Film Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations in 2015 for The Imitation Game. Cumberbatch’s other top roles include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County and Doctor Strange. In 2015, he played the title role in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at the Barbican Theatre.


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