For many Americans, Benedict Cumberbatch is somewhat of an unknown quantity. Though he’s gathered accolades for his roles in English projects like “Sherlock” and “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” he hasn’t had a big Stateside success just yet — something that will change soon, as he’s set to star in a number of blockbusters within the year. Though his voice will only be used for “The Hobbit,” Cumberbatch will have a prominent role as (perhaps) a villain in the untitled “Star Trek” sequel, due for release in 2013.
When we caught up with “Star Trek” star Chris Pine (Captain Kirk, if you forgot) at the premiere of “This Means War,” he told us about his excitement for Cumberbatch to get his proper due.
“Benedict’s fantastic. He’s just so good,” Pine said. “A bunch of my friends have seen him in ’Frankenstein’– I didn’t get a chance to see it, they screened it here, I think — but he’s super talented and we’re just more than grateful to have him on board.”
“He’s got this intensity about him, and he’s obviously extremely intelligent and articulate. He’s got these vocal qualities and something else. He’s obviously, unlike many of us, an actual trained actor,” he added with a laugh. “He actually has studied for it.”
Considering that he and Cumberbatch will face off in the “Star Trek” sequel, Pine didn’t express reservations about getting along on set. “I don’t think so,” he said when asked if they would form a love-hate relationship. “I think it’s all going to be love. A mad amount of love.”
For now, you can check out Cumberbatch in the excellent “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” or catch up on your “Sherlock” episodes via Netflix. You can also speculate with us about what his role in the “Star Trek” sequel will be, or wait until production starts for the details to slowly leak out.
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