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Jake Gyllenhaal, Benedict Cumberbatch in Talks to Star in Weinstein Co.’s ‘The Current War’

Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch are in talks to star as George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison, respectively, in The Weinstein Co.’s The Current War.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is in discussions to helm the Edison-Westinghouse-feud film that was penned by playwright-screenwriter Michael Mitnick (The Giver), whose script made the Black List in 2011. The plan is for Gomez-Rejon to make Current War his next film after directing the Will Smith starrer Collateral Beauty, which will shoot in the fall. Also this fall, Gyllenhaal is shooting Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals.

Current War takes place in the late 1880s and revolves around power titans Edison and Westinghouse’s battle over the supply of electricity. Edison championed direct current (DC) for electric-power distribution over alternating current (AC), which was backed by several European companies and Westinghouse Electric.

TWC will finance Current War and release it domestically.


Benedict Cumberbatch is talks to Star in ‘Doctor Strange’

Benedict Cumberbatch is in negotiations to take on the titular role in Marvel’s film, slated for release on July 8, 2016.

For the past few months, some of Hollywood’s biggest names have been linked to the role. Joaquin Phoenix was at one time in negotiations, but the talks fell apart in early October. Other names floating around included Cumberbatch, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Justin Theroux, Ethan Hawke and Keanu Reeves.
Benedict had been an early contender for the role and was again in the running after Phoenix dropped out. But his schedule, including his theater commitments, were always a conflict. But with Marvel not shooting Strange as early as previously believed, it looks like time will not affect this good doctor.

Cumberbatch comes with an incredibly large fan base thanks to his Sherlock show and impeccable dramatic cred. And with The Imitation Game shaping up to be a major awards contender this season, a best actor nomination (or more) could also be on his curriculum vitae.
Scott Derrickson is directing the Marvel feature, which centers on a former neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Doctor Strange made his first appearance in the Marvel Universe more than 50 years ago, and was first created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the pages of Strange Tales No. 110.


Rumors: Benedict on Justice League?

Benedict Cumberbatch is rumoured to be in the frame to play the Martian Manhunter in forthcoming DC Comics adaptation The Justice League. But also a new rumor is around about him making an “evil” appearance in another DC Comics adventure, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Speaking to the BBC at the GQ Men of the Year awards Cumberbatch said of the rumour of his potential appearance in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice: “That’s a fun one, I’ve not heard that one until tonight.”

When asked if he would play the role of Martian Manunter, the answer was: “I’m going to let that rumour run.”

Studio Warner Bros is rumoured be releasing The Justice League in 2017. The DC Comics character the Martian Manhunter (also known as J’onn J’onzz) first appeared in 1955. The superhero originates from Mars and his supernatural abilities include telepathy, shape-shifting and super speed.

Watch: Cumberbatch Finally Addresses Those ‘Doctor Strange’ Rumors

MTV – When fans want a casting rumor to be true, they’ll make any connections necessary to support the theory. That’s how Benedict Cumberbatch coming to San Diego Comic-Con for “Penguins of Madagascar” became a sideways confirmation that he’s playing Doctor Strange, at least for the people who want him to be.

Not satisfied with speculation, when MTV spoke with Cumberbatch for his first ever Comic-Con interview to promote “Penguins of Madagascar,” we also had to ask if there was any truth to the rumor that he would be Marvel’s next Sorcerer Supreme.

As far as I’m aware, even if that was the case, it couldn’t work out because I’m doing a little play called ‘Hamlet’ in London. So I don’t think I could even if that was in the cards. It sounds like a fantastic project. It’s a shame if I miss out, but who knows?

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.”


“The Imitation Game” Still Added

Sorry for the delay in adding this, but I have added one high quality still of Benedict as real life British wartime cryptographer Alan Turing in his upcoming historical drama film The Imitation Game.

“The Fifth Estate” Is Now On DVD and Blu-Ray! More Stills, Promotional Shoot, and Movie Captures Added.

I have added 11 more HQ stills, the promotional photoshoot, and 1445 HD captures of Benedict from the film The Fifth Estate, which you can now own on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital Copy (Amazon / iTunes).

Benedict To Star In “Blood Mountain”

Benedict Cumberbatch is to star in the upcoming thriller, titled Blood Mountain. Filming is to begin in Morocco in April of this year, directed by Sergei Bodrov (Mongol).

The film follows a private military contractor whose special forces team is ambushed and killed during a covert raid, forcing him to personally escort one of the world’s most wanted terrorists over hostile terrain in order to bring him to justice. With a bounty at stake and insurgents and rival mercenaries hunting them, the two find themselves facing not only their enemies, but each other in their fight for survival.


“August: Osage County” Now In Theatres + “Can’t Keep It Inside” Song

Be sure to catch Benedict in his latest-released film August: Osage County, which has come out today!

Benedict sings a song called “Can’t Keep It Inside” during the film, which is available for purchase on Amazon / iTunes.

UPDATE 1/12: I have also added two more high quality stills of Benedict in the movie!

Sherlock 3×02 “The Sign of Three” Trailer + Series 3 Theme Captures

I have also added 6 HD captures of Benedict in the new Sherlock series 3 theme opener credits.

About half of the 3×01 captures have been added to the gallery, we ran into a little trouble. The site has no more space, so I’ve requested for more. The rest will be added when they can be. I’ll make a post when they’re all up there. There are spoilers in the captures, so if you’ve not yet seen the episode, don’t go into the album.