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Martin Freeman Teases 'Sherlock' One-Off Special, Implies We Might Wait a While for Series 4

It’s a good thing that Sherlock fans have already proven themselves singularly adept at waiting (apologies to Doctor Who’s Amy Pond, who really has nothing on these folks), because it’s sounding more and more like we’re settling in for another long test of our patience as we wait for Series 4. Or whatever might come next.

Star Martin Freeman, who’s been doing the media rounds of late in support of his new FX series Fargo, has been, predictably, getting asked quite a bit about when we might expect to see the next season of everyone’s favorite (consulting) detective drama. His answers have shed some light on the current situation, offering equally intriguing and depressing tidbits about what the next season of the show might look like. (And when we might see it.)

Martin Freeman to Play Shakespeare’s Richard III in London This Summer

Well, it looks like Benedict Cumberbatch won’t be the only member of the Sherlock cast who will be treading the boards of the West End during the show’s hiatus.

It was recently confirmed that Cumberbatch will be performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre beginning in August of 2015. And now, hot on the heels of that particular bombshell of awesomeness comes the news that his co-star Martin Freeman has signed up to play the Bard’s doomed king Richard III.

He will join a long list of distinguished actors who have tackled Shakespeare’s villainous hunchback in recent memory, including Mark Rylance, Kevin Spacey and Sir Ian McKellen, among many others.

Watch the First Seven Minutes of FX's 'Fargo' Starring 'Sherlock's' Martin Freeman

Sure, we’re back in our general status quo state of waiting that is the (seemingly perpetual) Sherlock hiatus, but that doesn’t mean our lives are completely devoid of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Cumberbatch, as well all well know, is basically everywhere these days: making a few movies, photobombing superstar rockbands, planning a return to the theater, recording radio plays, you name it. Freeman, on the other hand, has been a bit harder to find, what with his multiyear commitment to pretty much live in New Zealand and wear hobbit feet for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy

Thankfully, Freeman’s about to finally get his own turn in the media spotlight with the upcoming premiere of his new drama series Fargo. Loosely based on the Academy Award-winning Coen Brothers 1990s film of the same name, the drama features the same setting, the same types of people, and, yes, the same recognizable accents, but expands the world of the film with a whole new set of characters. (Translation: Don’t wait around for Frances McDormand’s Marge Gunderson to show up.) Freeman stars alongside such familliar faces as Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Kate Walsh, Allison Tolman, Bob Odenkirk and more. From all indications, it looks to be a fascinating series!

And now, thanks to the lovely folks at Yahoo TV, you can now watch the first seven minutes of the Fargo pilot, which debuts on cable network FX on April 15. You should definitely click play just for Freeman’s accent, which is about as far from Sherlock’s John Watson as you could ever imagine.

WATCH: Get Your First Look at FX’s ‘Fargo’ Featuring 'Sherlock's' Martin Freeman

It’s become something of a running joke on the internet that the biggest problem mystery series Sherlock has is the fact that its success has transformed its leads into such stars they barely have time to make the show anymore. (Given the fact that we seem to be on a fairly regular two-year-hiatus schedule, the joke isn’t exactly wrong, either.)

You couldn’t turn around without seeing Benedict Cumberbatch in some sort of feature film last year – with major roles in Star Trek Into Darkness, The Fifth Estate, August Osage County, 12 Years a Slave and more, he was kind of everywhere. His co-star Martin Freeman, however, has been pretty tied up playing the world’s most famous hobbit in Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit trilogy for the better part of the last three years and, subsequently, we haven’t had the chance to see him as much beyond John Watson and Bilbo Baggins lately.

Well, that’s about to change.

‘Sherlock’s’ Martin Freeman to Star in ‘Fargo’ Adaptation for FX

The worldwide success of BBC’s mystery series Sherlock has not only done wonders for reinvigorating the modern-day profile of one Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his works, it’s also made bona fide stars out of its two leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Cumberbatch has been busy making all manner of feature films during his Sherlock down time – Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Fifth Estate, 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County to name just a few – but Freeman’s been pretty locked up playing the titular character in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy for the past few years. Thanks to The Hobbit’s boffo box office (with two more films still to come), Freeman’s also well on his way to becoming a big star in his own right. But, what with being basically forced to spend the last two years filming in New Zealand, he’s really not had much of an opportunity to take on many new roles – certainly not at the level of his uber busy Sherlock co-star. So fans everywhere have basically been wondering what sort of role the BAFTA-winner would take on next.

Well, now we know.

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.

British Actors You Should Know: Martin Freeman

The most fun part of the British Actors and/or Actresses You Should Know series is the chance to introduce people to the larger bodies of work of actors they may only be passingly familiar with (British performers do tend to make up a large portion of Hey, It’s That Guy references on the internet, after all.) Today’s installment is a perfect example of this – most fans of British television know him, but probably couldn’t tell you more than one or two things they’ve seen him in.

Many people are aware of Martin Freeman thanks to his work in The Office or, more recently, in Sherlock. However, fans who are only familiar with these performances may not know that Freeman has been a mainstay in British productions for years, and has participated in many great projects beyond these two.

Here’s a look at some of them – and why they’re worth your time.

Watch the Trailer for The World’s End with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman

The US trailer for The World's End final installment in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto trilogy has arrived. Co-written with star Simon Pegg, the follow-up to popular comedies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz is packed with notable British talent and dry humor, just like its predecessors. Pegg is reunited with frequent co-star Nick Frost and joined by a few other familiar faces, including Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike.

The story focuses on Gary King (played by Pegg), a 40 year old man who still isn’t quite over his teenage years. He recruits four of his childhood friends to re-attempt a marathon pub crawl from their youth, ending at the fabled World’s End pub. Of course, nothing goes as planned and the gang experiences that all-too familiar scenario of returning to your hometown only to find that it seems as though everything has changed without you. In this case, however, the reason for that feeling is because an army of robots has taken over the town’s residents, but whatever. Suddenly our pub crawlers are mankind’s only hope for survival and it’s suddenly more important that they make it to the World’s End than ever.

In short: This movie looks like a blast. (Though you probably already knew that if you’ve watched either Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead.) Take a look at the trailer below.

Amazing Internet Things: The Office Meets The Hobbit

Apologies for my slight absence around here – yours truly’s been laid up with the flu. Downside: It’s gross. Upside: I’ve had a lot of time to look at random things on the internet, one of the more interesting of which is below.

This is one of those Amazing Internet Things that’s simultaneously awesome and sort of really creepy – so, sort of, the internet, in a nutshell, at times.

Long before Martin Freeman played the world’s most famous crime-solving sidekick on Sherlock, he was known for starring as the put-upon but loveable Tim Canterbury on the original UK version of The Office. (If you’ve never seen the UK version of this series – for shame! –Tim is the equivalent of Jim in the American adaptation.) Given his recent turn as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, this mash-up should probably not be entirely unexpected. The real surprise it’s probably that it’s taken this long.

Countdown to Middle Earth: Watch The Colbert Report’s Week-Long Hobbit Tribute

We’re less than a week away from the premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which features a large percentage of the British acting population in some role or other, including Sherlock’s Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, MI-5’s Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Being Human’s Aidan Turner and more.

Those of us who are big fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world of Middle Earth are over the moon at being so close finally getting to return to the world of hobbits, dwarves and wizards after a near ten-year absence. Stephen Colbert, the host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, is also a huge Tolkien enthusiast and featured a week-long tribute to The Hobbit on his show this past week. This included turning his set into a replica of Bag End and reimagining the map of New York, Lord of the Rings style.

Colbert featured four nights of interviews with The Hobbit cast – Freeman, McKellen and Serkis – as well as director Jackson. Watch all four below.

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