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BBC Releases New Behind the Scenes Photos From 'Sherlock' Series 3

When you spend two years (give or take a month or two) waiting for another season of one of your favorite dramas to come back, you take whatever little tidbits you can get along the way. Such is life for fans of mystery series Sherlock, currently slaving away through their own version of the Great Hiatus as we wait for word about when we can expect to see the drama’s highly anticipated third series on our television screens.

Luckily, the BBC seems to understand – or at least sympathize with – the desperation many feel as we continue to wait for word on a Series 3 transmission date, and appears to be doing its best to keep us supplied with news and behind the scenes tidbits as they’re able. Which is nice, even if they do seem to be working overtime to keep any and all substantive plot developments or spoilers out of the press. (Yes, yes, it honestly is lovely that they’re so committed to keeping the series a surprise for fans. But give us something, would you?)

So, in a continued gesture of goodwill toward the Fans Who Waited, the BBC have kindly released a new batch of behind-the-scenes photos from the recent Sherlock Series 3 filming. Granted, none of these shots reveal pretty much anything that you could constitute as a clue about what the drama’s third series will involve unless you were unaware that stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman or Mark Gatiss were all involved in the show in some capacity. But it kind of doesn’t matter. They’ll get you excited anyway.

Go Behind the Scenes of Wikileaks Drama 'The Fifth Estate'

A new behind-the-scenes featurette has been released for upcoming Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate, which starsSherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch alongside Daniel Bruhl, Larua Linney, Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens and Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi among other terribly talented people. (If you haven’t seen the trailer for this buzzed-about, Brit actor-packed film yet, watch it here.)

This new clip doesn’t give us much in the way of new footage from the film – probably to avoid the possibility of spoilers – but rather sits down with director Bill Condon and several of the main cast members to ask them what it is about the story of Julian Assange and his little website that became a global controversy that made them want to be involved in the project. It’s pretty interesting.

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star as Explorer Percy Fawcett in 'Lost City of Z' Adaptation

In what should surely come as a surprise to no one at this point, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch looks set to add another intriguing film role to his already overstuffed resume of late. The actor is in talks to star in The Lost City of Z, an adaptation of the best-selling David Grann book of the same name.

Grann’s narrative nonfiction tells the story of British explorer Pecy Harrison Fawcett, who disappeared in the Brazilian jungle along with his son and another companion in 1925. The group had been attempting to locate a lost civilization hidden in the Amazon, which Fawcett claimed he had discovered and called the City of Z. They were never seen again, their bodies were never found, and their quest remains a great unsolved exploration mystery.

James Gray is set to direct from a script he adapted and word on the internet is that the project has been in development for several years, though it’s struggled with finding funding and a lead actor. Those problems certainly seem to have been solved at present, so fingers crossed.

Cumberbatch recently dropped out of Guillermo del Toro’s horror flick Crimson Peak, so perhaps Lost City of Z is the new role that’s set to replace it, since it would appear that all those rumors about the actor joining the cast of Star Wars Episode VII appear to be so much wishful thinking at this point. Which is fine by me, as this role frankly sounds a lot more interesting.

No word yet on when filming is expected to commence or when this might hit theaters, but given that we can still see Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, 12 Years a Slave and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug before year’s end, it doesn’t seem like the wait for it is going to be terribly tedious or anything.

Thoughts? While it’s no Holmes or Hawking, this certainly sounds like yet another interesting real-life role for Cumberbatch to tackle. (And I can’t be the only one kind of getting an Indiana Jones vibe from this story, can I? Bring it on.)

Source: Deadline

'Downton Abbey' Star Allen Leech to Join Benedict Cumberbatch’s 'The Imitation Game'

Big news for Downton Abbey fans – another of its leading men is has been cast in a major film, starring opposite some faces you’ll definitely recognize.

Allen Leech, the man who plays everyone’s favorite former-chauffeur-turned-upstairs-aristocrat Tom Branson, confirmed an ealier report in British paper The Mirror that he will be making the jump to Hollywood features, alongside several other notable British stars. Leech is set to join the cast of The Imitation Game, an upcoming biopic about noted British great Alan Turing, which has already signed Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Oscar nominee Keira Knightley as its leads. Read on for more.

First Look: Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Capaldi and Dan Stevens in 'The Fifth Estate'

Now that filming is wrapping up on Sherlock Series 3 (finally) , fans of series star Benedict Cumberbatch are already looking forward to the upcoming release of his next big project – the buzzy film The Fifth Estate, in which the actor takes on the role of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

New photos - including the official poster - have been released (courtesy of the film's official Facebook page) from the upcoming drama, which chronicles the story of Assange, the 2006 launch of the controversial Wikileaks website and the disintegration of his relationship with right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the author of Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange At the World’s Most Dangerous Website.

The new pictures give us a look not only at Cumberbatch, but several other very familiar British faces, including Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens and recently-annouced Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi

British Actors You Should Know: Benedict Cumberbatch

Really, you all knew this one was coming, right?

This particular British Actor You Should Know is probably someone you’ve at least heard of at some point in the past year – Benedict Cumberbatch has won many (well-deserved) accolades for his performance on Sherlock, but after playing That Bad Guy Whose Name We Won’t Mention in Star Trek Into Darkness, suddenly the entire world seems to fancy that British guy with the great cheekbones and amazing voice. It’s okay. We do too. (Yours truly especially. Obviously.)

However, it seems worth mentioning that Cumberbatch’s career encompasses a lot more than Sherlock and Star Trek – this versatile actor has done a little bit of everything, and done it all awesomely. You should watch all of it. Here's a look at why.

'Sherlock' Star Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in First Trailer for 'The Fifth Estate'

Ever since the news broke that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch had signed on to play the infamous Julian Assange in a major film for Dreamworks, fans the world over have been desperate to see what the final product would look like. Well, now we can get our first look – the trailer for That WikiLeaks Movie is finally here!

Called The Fifth Estate, the film tells the story of WikiLeaks founder Assange and the 2006 launch of the controversial website, which was ostensibly meant to hold governments accountable for their actions by providing the public with access to confidential intelligence documents. Assange remains a polarizing figure today for a variety of reasons and is currently still living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, in order to avoid extradition orders from both Sweden and the United States.

Despite the (admittedly a bit creepy) blonde wig, it’s clear Cumberbatch has spent some time watching videos of Assange giving speeches, because he has so many of his mannerisms down pat. This already appears to be a frighteningly uncanny portrayal.

Get your first look at the official trailer for The Fifth Estate below:

Go Behind the Scenes with 'Sherlock' Star Benedict Cumberbatch on 'Top Gear'

To the general joy of the majority of the internet, the currently ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch has now joined another beloved British television institution – Top Gear. The Sherlock star recently appeared on mega-popular driving series as the Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car and did a lap of the Top Gear race track in this year’s vehicle: a 1.6 Tech Line Vauxhall Astra. (And, really, if he can pilot a starship, the whole car thing should be a cakewalk, yes?)Let's just be honest: we all knew this was appearance going to be amazing, because there are just so many elements combining here that the formation of a virtual Voltron of Top Gear Awesomeness was pretty inevitable. But, basically, the entire thing is actually just as awesome as you could have ever hoped. .

Worlds Colliding: Sherlock Star Benedict Cumberbatch To Be On Top Gear

If he can drive a starship, then a car ought to be pretty easy, right? Yes, that sound you hear reverberating around the internet is British TV fans of all sorts shrieking with glee – Sherlock and Star Trek star Benedict Cumberbatch is going to be on Top Gear. Really.

The actor will be the infamous Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car and, as such, will have to do a lap of the Top Gear race track in this year’s car: a 1.6 Tech Line Vauxhall Astra. (This segment is absolutely the best part of Top Gear, by the way, for the approximately six of you out there who’ve never seen the show.) There will also be a bit of a - probably pretty silly - interview to go along with the racing thing. All in all, it promises to be an excellent show, don't you think?

Keira Knightley Looks Set to Join Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game

The Amazing Cheekbones Battle of the Century may soon be upon us – actress Keira Knightley is apparently in talks to join Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch in upcoming biopic The Imitation Game, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Based on a biography by Andrew Hodges, the film is focused on the life of Alan Turing, the British mathematician, cryptographer and all around genius who helped crack the German enigma code during World War II.

Cumberbatch has been attached to this film for some time, probably because he seems to have a knack for playing slightly tortured, high octane intellectual types (see also: Sherlock Holmes, Vincent Van Gogh, Stephen Hawking, etc) , so his casting as Turing is basically the definition of perfect.

Knightley – who is probably most well known for her role in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and as Lizzie Bennett in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice remake – is apparently in talks to take on the role of a very conservative woman who develops a “complicated” relationship with Turing and is “there with him until the end.” Given that the end of Turing’s life was packed with tragedy – he was prosecuted by the British government for being homosexual, chose to undergo a hormone treatment known colloquially as chemical castration rather face prison and eventually committed suicide because he was so haunted by his decision – there ought to be plenty of messy emotional material for both Knightley and Cumberbatch to work with. (Protip: Pack tissues)