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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

David Tennant to Star in BBC America’s World War II Mini-Series “The Spies of Warsaw”

It’s David Tennant’s birthday today, so this post seems particularly appropriate. Happy Birthday, Doctor!

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is set to star in BBC America’s newest co-production, The Spies of Warsaw. Based on the Alan Furst novel of the same name, the four-part miniseries is set in Poland, Paris, London and Berlin in the years leading up to World War II, as German and French intelligence officers are locked in a life and death struggle in the espionage arena.

The former Tenth Doctor will play Col. Jean-Francois Mercier, a decorated hero of the first World War who is “drawn into a world of betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw" while serving as a military attaché at the French embassy. Janet Montgomery (Entourage, Black Swan) will co-star as Anna, a Parisian lawyer for the League of Nations, with whom Mercier has a passionate affair.

Other members of the frankly stellar-looking ensemble cast include Torchwood’s Burn Gorman, The Hour’s Anton Lesser and The Bourne Ultimatum’s Dan Fredenburgh and White Heat’s Richard Lintern among many others.

Filming is slated to begin in Poland next month. No word yet on an airdate either in the UK or here in the States, but the miniseries is slated to premiere as part of BBC America’s Wednesday night Dramaville block when it arrives.

I’m tremendously fond of Tennant (loved loved loved his Doctor) and have missed seeing him on my television screen the past couple of years. So, I’m extra pleased that this latest project of his will be airing here in America, as I don’t think his last one (Single Father) ever did. Very exciting news! Anyone else out there big Tennant fans? Are you looking forward to seeing him in a different sort of role?

Source: BBC America

Watch the Trailer for Richard Hammond’s Crash Course

Raise your hand if you’ve ever said the following sentence: “I love Top Gear and I don’t even like cars!” I’ve certainly said it before, and I imagine the same sentiment will probably hold true for the latest addition to the Gearhead family, as well.

BBC America’s doing a new project with Top Gear star Richard Hammond, called Richard Hammond’s Crash Course, set to premiere in a little under two weeks. This isn’t a proper Top Gear “spin-off,” per se, more a distant cousin, I guess – but it does feature Hammond travelling all over the United States to try out driving some massive, dangerous and awesome looking vehicles, including a tank, a trash compactor, and an airport fire engine.

Click through for a look at the series trailer for yourself!

First Photo From “Ripper Street” Released, Period Crime Drama Coming to BBC America This Fall

BBC America has announced that new period police drama Ripper Street will premiere this Fall as part of their ongoing Wednesday night “Dramaville” block. The eight-part series is set in and around Whitechapel in London’s East End, during the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders in 1889.

Created by Mistresses writer Richard Warlow, Ripper Street will star MI-5’s Matthew Macfadyen (Swoooooon!), Game of Thrones’ Jerome Flynn, The Twilight Saga’s Myanna Buring and Luther’s David Dawson. The period piece will focus on the infamous H Division, the police precinct which is charged with keeping order in Whitechapel following the Ripper killings.

Filming is currently underway in Dublin and the first official cast photo has been released. Click through to take a look for yourself!