A new trailer for Patrick Melrose (previously called Melrose) starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character has been released by Showtime. The show will be aired by Showtime in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK this year. The series is based on the Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St Aubyn . The show recently had a panel at the TCA’s (with Benedict appearing by satellite from Atlanta where he is finishing up filming Avengers Infinity War) and you can read a round up of the panel’s musings here courtesy of The Surf Report.
Happy holidays to all of my wonderful followers! Hope you’ve enjoyed this past year – as ever Benedict has had an extremely busy year and there’s lots to look forward to next year!
March sees the release of My Dear Bessie: A Love Story with Louise Brealey and Benedict Cumberbatch reading the very popular love stories between Chris and Bessie.
Next spring will see Melrose (based on the books by Edward St Aubyn) air on Sky Atlantic (and Showtime in the US) with Benedict starring as Patrick Melrose. You can get a jump start on reading up on the novels now before the series airs.
In May a small independent film that Benedict appeared in gets its US bow. Avengers Infinity War Part 1 will see Benedict reprise his role as Doctor Strange as The Avengers, Spiderman and the Guardians of the Galaxy go up against Thanos. You can see the first trailer below:
Also due for release next year is Mowgli (previously called The Jungle Book Origins) which will see Benedict star as Shere Khan in Andy Serkis’ performance captured film.
And hopefully coming soon are the film adaptations of How to Stop Time (which is due to star Benedict as Tom Hazard) and Gypsy Boy (in which Benedict will appear as the lead’s father). Benedict is also due to star in Rio opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in a picture directed by Luca Guadagnino. The film will be a Studiocanal/SunnyMarch production.
Benedict is nominated alongside Jeff Daniels (Godless), Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies), Geoffrey Rush (Genius) and Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies).
To date Benedict has won 11 different awards for playing Sherlock and had 13 different awards nominations for the role. The Screen Actor’s Guild awards takes place on Sunday 21 January 2018 on TNT/TBS
Sky Atlantic have released the first teaser trailer for Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch and adapted from the novels of Edward St Aubyn.
Melrose gleefully skewers the British upper class as it tracks the titular characters harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood, through adult substance abuse and ultimately, towards recovery and redemption. Benedict plays Patrick Melrose, an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy, who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by an abusive father and a mother who tacitly condoned the behaviour.
Melrose is coming in 2018 and you can see the first trailer below
As followers of Benedict Cumberbatch will know he’s always been an enthusiastic supporter of lots of different charities and there are a few charitable endeavours at the moment you can help with.
Small Steps Project who do incredible work supporting children and families who live on rubbish dumps are auctioning a pair of bespoke Stan Smith trainers created for Benedict Cumberbatch. He has signed each shoe. The shoes have not yet made their reserve and the auction ends on Tuesday. Hopefully someone wants to take them home?
The Big Give will double the donation of any sum given to the participating charities between midday on Tuesday 28th November and midday on Tuesday 5th December.
Martin Freeman was a runner up for best actor for Sherlock and Sherlock itself was runner up for Unmissable TV Drama of the Year.
The Christmas season will soon be upon us and this year Anno’s Africa are offering people the opportunity to buy Christmas cards designed by Benedict Cumberbatch!
Anno’s Africa are an organisation which aim to provide an alternative arts education to children in Africa, teaching them vital skills which will assist them in finding paid work and allowing them creative opportunities which would otherwise be beyond them.
You can buy the cards here. They will ship internationally but please do click on the correct part of the page. Why not team up with your friends to reduce shipping costs?
Benedict’s art is always very popular and has previously only really been available at high prices at auction and this is a fun way to own a piece designed by him and do some real good this Christmas.
The Current War premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday. Star Benedict Cumberbatch (who plays Thomas Edison) was in attendance.
We have an exclusive review of The Current War courtesy of Gabrielle Gozo who attended the world premiere last night.
Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in Gypsy Boy – an adaptation of Mikey Walsh’s best selling memoirs. Benedict will play Mikey’s father – a boxer and a member of the last generation of the Romany Gypsy people.
Benedict stated: I was immediately drawn to Mikey’s courageous and heart-breaking story. And his father Frank is unlike any character I’ve played before,” Cumberbatch said in a statement. “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.
Gypsy Boy is set to go into production next summer. It will be directed by Morgan Matthews (X+Y) and adapted by James Graham (who wrote the brilliant play This House).