No, not Robert Downey Jr. I’m talking about Benedict Cumberbatch: The Sherlock Holmes who speaks with a real English accent.
Star Trek 2 has been accumulating a pretty impressive cast lately. After it was revealed that Khan may be appearing in the film, rumors have been flying about who might wind up playing the character. Last month’s announcement that Peter Weller (AKA Robocop and Buckaroo Banzai) was joining the film kicked speculation up another notch, and a lot more fuel has just been added to that fire now that Benedict Cumberbatch has signed up to boldly go where no man has gone before.
If you haven’t heard of Benedict Cumberbatch before now, then you need to stop whatever you’re doing and go watch Sherlock Season One. Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the world’s greatest detctive is one of the best things to appear on television (as is Martin Freeman’s Dr. Watson). Of course, there’s no word about what role Cumberbatch will be portraying, but I’m personally hoping he’ll be terrorizing the crew of the Enterprise; the man plays sinister far too well.
This isn’t the only big nerd movie that Cumberbatch has a major role in. He’ll be portraying Smaug the Dragon (via motion capture) and voicing the Necromancer in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
Star Trek 2 is due to hit theaters on May 17th, 2013.