- 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Benedict Cumberbatch, the leading man of the BBC's "Sherlock," has joined the cast of Steve McQueen's upcoming 12 Years a Slave, Variety reports. He'll star opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Paul Dano.
Based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup, 12 Years a Slave tells of Northrup's tragic kidnapping in Washington DC in 1841 where, despite being born a free man, he was forced into slavery at a Louisiana cotton plantation until his rescue 12 years later.
Cumberbatch can soon been seen on the big screen as the still-unidentified villain in the still-untitled Star Trek sequel. He'll also be voicing the dragon, Smaug in Peter Jackson's two part The Hobbit.