Benedict Cumberbatch to appear as Shere Khan in The Jungle Book: Origins

1Benedict Cumberbatch will be appearing as the villainous tiger Shere Khan in The Jungle Book: Origins – the directorial debut from Andy Serkis.

The movie will be a mix of live action and performance capture- an area in which Serkis is a pioneer with his company The Imaginarium

Joining Benedict will be Christian Bale as Bagheera the panther, Cate Blanchett as Kaa the python and Andy Serkis as Baloo the bear. Tom Hollander (Rev) will play Tabaqui, the jackal who is an underling of Shere Khan.

Peter Mullan will be Akela, the leader of the wolf pack that raises Mowgli. Naomie Harris (who appeared in Frankenstein with Benedict at the National Theatre) will appear as the female wolf Nisha, while Eddie Marsan is her mate, Vihaan.

The Jungle Book: Origins is backed by Warner Brothers and is due for release in October 2016.

Benedict Cumberbatch takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Having been nominated by Tom Hiddleston (as well as Juno Temple and Adelaide Clemens) Benedict Cumberbatch took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week to raise awareness of ALS/Motor Neurone Disease.

You can see Benedict’s video below:


If you enjoyed Benedict’s efforts do donate to ALS Association/MND Association. If you are in the UK you can text ICED55 £5 to 70070 to donate.

Benedict nominated Kylie Minogue (who has accepted the challenge), Harvey Weinstein and Lewis Hamilton.

Exclusive – We are Colony – Little Favour Trailer

LFThe lovely people at We are Colony have kindly shared with us a Little Favour trailer (which is exclusive to them) and a video which showcases some behind the scenes action on the film.

Little Favour stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Colon Salmon and is a short film written and directed by Patrick Monroe which was the first feature from production company SunnyMarch Limited. Benedict is a producer of SunnyMarch alongside Adam Ackland and Adam Selves.

We are Colony is a brand new UK streaming service aimed at uniting exciting new filmmakers with their equally passionate fans. Founded by Sarah Tierney the new platform launched recently and is growing rapidly. Apart from Little Favour We are Colony also features exclusive content from Third Star which also stars Benedict.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet sells out in 7 hours

HamletThe forthcoming production of Hamlet at the Barbican Centre starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Dane has sold out its entire run a year in advance. Tickets went on general sale today, having been on sale to members for a week, and sold out within 7 hours. Such was the demand for tickets that over 35,000 were queuing on-line to get their hands on what is clearly the hottest ticket in town. The scramble for tickets lead the Telegraph to dub it “the most in demand theatrical production of all time” with ticker re-seller Viagogo noting that the production had registered more searches on their site than Jay Z or Beyonce!

Hamlet will be directed by Olivier award winning director Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica) with set design by Es Devlin (Chimerica, The Nether). The Barbican will be releasing 100 £10 seats for each performance next year. Further details on who is eligible to buy will be released in 2015.


Tickets for Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet are now on sale

Hamlet2Tickets for Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican Centre are now on sale. Tickets went on sale to those with red memberships on Friday and will be available to those with orange memberships tomorrow. Public sale is on 11th August.

Benedict Cumberbatch will play Hamlet at the Barbican centre from 5 August 2015 for 12 weeks. He will be directed by Olivier award winning director Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica) and set design will be by the critically acclaimed Es Devlin.

The new website for Hamlet has just gone live.

Benedict Cumberbatch says thank you to all those who supported The Prince’s Trust

BCPTThe Prince’s Trust today sent out an email containing a quote from Benedict Cumberbatch thanking everyone who was kind enough to donate to our fundraiser this year in honour of The Princes Trust.

Benedict said:

“I’m so proud of my fans and the importance they’ve seen in helping a cause I am so fervently enthralled to.

I’ve been incredibly fortunate over the years. I always knew that I wanted to work as an actor and have been extremely lucky to get where I am today. It hasn’t been without hard work and determination, but a key ingredient to anyone’s self-confidence and personal success, is the support and guidance that comes from having a role model.

I also know that many young people don’t have such opportunities. With no role model, life can be daunting and self-esteem can drop making it harder to ask for help. It’s a vicious cycle. That’s why I am a Prince’s Trust Ambassador – believing every young person deserves a chance in life is a vision we both share.”

Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet -Pricing Information and FAQ released

ApplePricing info and a detailed FAQ have been released today for Hamlet which Benedict will be performing from August 2015 at the Barbican Centre.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (PoshChimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the Barbican will present an exclusive twelve-week run of this compelling new production in summer 2015. 

Performances will be Monday to Saturday at 7:15 pm with matinees on Saturday afternoons. Tickets are priced between £30 and £62.50 with a limited number of premium seats available. 100 £10 tickets will be available for every performance and details of how to buy those tickets will be made available next year.

The FAQ page is here on the Barbican’s dedicated Hamlet page. Tickets go on sale to Red members on Friday.


Benedict Cumberbatch appears at Comic Con for The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies

PanelBenedict Cumberbatch returned to San Diego Comic Con today to promote The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies. He appeared on a panel alongside Sir Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Lee Pace (Thranduil) and Evangeline Lily (Tauriel).

The panel showed a new teaser trailer (hopefully up online soon). Afterwards the panel did a signing for lucky fans and took part in a press conference where Benedict even did his finest Gollum impression. You can see photos from the panel and the signing/photocall in our galleries.

You can also see various interviews including the full panel on our videos page.

Benedict Cumberbatch debuts at San Diego Comic Con

PenguinsBenedict Cumberbatch made his debut today at San Diego Comic Con appeared on a panel to promote The Penguins of Madagascar in which he plays Agent Classified. Appearing in the huge Hall H alongside fellow voice actor John Malkovich Benedict answered questions from an enthusiastic audience – many of whom had camped overnight to get in.

You can read our write up of the panel here.

Photos from the panel and photocall can also be found in our galleries.

A new clip from the film has also been released which you can see on our videos page.

Benedict confirmed that he would be appearing at the Hobbit panel on Saturday to promote The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies.

The Imitation Game to appear at the Toronto International Film Festival

TuringIt was announced this week that The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley would have its Canadian premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The Imitation Game is not having its American premiere at TIFF which suggests it will be making its world premiere debut at Telluride at the end of August although this has yet to be announced. The film is unlikely to feature in the first 4 days at TIFF owing to new rules this year which are limiting the first 4 days of the festival for world premieres.

Ticket packages are now on sale and TIFF’s full line up (including confirmed guests) will be announced on 19 August 2014.

The Imitation Game will be opening the London Film Festival in October.

In other news a brand new poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been released showing a VERY angry Smaug. You can see the poster in our galleries