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Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch & Claire Foy In Trailer For British Drama 'Wreckers'

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by Oliver Lyttelton
November 9, 2011 9:20 AM
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Is there an unlikelier star to have emerged in the last year than Benedict Cumberbatch? The gangly British actor, who broke through to film as the rapist in "Atonement," isn't your picture of an average leading man, but thanks to his lead in the BBC's "Sherlock," and an Oscar-tipped supporting performance in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," not to mention a fervent group of fans (we swear we get more pro-Cumberbatch comments and tweets than for anyone not involved in the "Twilight" franchise), he's creeping towards the A-list. 

He's got some high-profile projects on the way, including Steven Spielberg's "War Horse," HBO miniseries "Parade's End," and a mo-cap turn as villainous dragon Smaug in "The Hobbit," but he'll next be seen on screen in a tiny British indie, D.R. Hood's debut feature "Wreckers." Cumberbatch stars alongside fellow rising star Claire Foy (TV's "Little Dorrit," "Season of the Witch") as a young married couple, David and Dawn, whose lives are turned upside down when David's younger brother Nick (Shaun Evans, "Boy A") returns from the army.

The film bowed at the BFI London Film Festival last month to fairly decent reviews, and it'll hit some UK theaters on December 16th, bowing simultaneously on the excellent Curzon On-Demand service, before a DVD release in February. No word on a U.S. release date yet, but we're sure Cumberbatch's growing stardom will help it cross the Atlantic at some point. Watch the trailer below.

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  • Debdessaso | November 9, 2011 5:27 PMReply

    I'd just about given up on both TV and movie actors...then along comes Benedict Cumberbatch, which just goes to prove that a top-notch actor doesn't have to have those derivative, cookie-cutter, Tom Cruise-like looks to be a star! Benedict is a cool intellectual, well-educated, and he can act circles around the best of them, moving as smoothly through comedy as well as drama. I can't wait to see him in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," "War Horse" and "The Hobbits" (and I'm not a Tolkien fan!) Regarding "Wreckers," I'm going to contact an indie movie theater in DC to see if they plan to show it!

  • orly | November 9, 2011 4:28 PMReply

    I find Cumberbatch incredibly hot. Anyone who has seen him stripped off on stage can confirm that he has a very toned body http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lhzlb6GKaP1qdojd4o1_500.jpg http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ls8eeiP1HX1qc3yd1o1_500.jpg

    His voice is like liquid chocolate and of course he is mega talented. You only have to see how huge his fanbase is on tumblr to realise there's a ready audience for his work. His theatre work gets sold out very quickly. He's a very brave actor and can play any role.

  • rte175 | November 9, 2011 3:29 PMReply

    I actually saw this film at the London Film Festival premiere and it was quite good--creepy, unsettling, disturbing. But I have to admit, I'm disappointed in the trailer. It doesn't do the film (and its intricacies) justice. Definitely go see it, if you get the chance.

  • oldhousegeek | November 9, 2011 3:05 PMReply

    Ha. Only a (straight) male could call Cumberbatch an unlikely star. Trust me, if a woman had written this article, it would have contained adjectives such as "hot," "incredibly handsome," "mesmerizing"... Oh, and as the others have observed, he's also a very accomplished actor, too.

  • Ruthie | November 9, 2011 11:30 AMReply

    We get the same boring actors shoved on us year after year when superb actors like Cumberbatch dont get the roles the deserve. It annoys the hell out of me. He's astonishing and I highly recommend searching out his stuff on you tube.

  • emily | November 9, 2011 11:24 AMReply

    This audio clip from Cabin Pressure cracks me up
    http://youtu.be/Fsy0ErP_OD8

  • Emily | November 9, 2011 11:20 AMReply

    Cumberbatch is the best actor I've seen in years. I saw the NT live cinema recording version of Frankenstein (infact 3 times) and he was brilliant. He made the monster sexy!! I dont get the fuss about Fassbender and Hiddleston. I think Cumberbatch is a much better actor. Far more versatile.

  • Shel | November 9, 2011 11:14 AMReply

    If they ever make a feature film of Doctor Who then I would love him to play the Doctor.

  • Helen | November 9, 2011 10:59 AMReply

    Crazy about Cumberbatch and counting down the days to series 2 of Sherlock. he'd have made a great Javert in Les Miserables. He has a fine voice. Shame it went to Crowe, Its like an Aussie love fest on that film.
    They should make a film of After the Dance and get him to repeat his stage role.

  • China | November 9, 2011 10:54 AMReply

    I have my fingers crossed he'll be Dr Strange. He deserves to be A list. Such a great actor and so versatile.

  • Holly | November 9, 2011 10:51 AMReply

    Best actor in the world. I mean it. By far the best actor working today.

  • comicbookfan | November 9, 2011 10:50 AMReply

    He's an amazing actor. I saw him on stage as the Creature and Victor in Frankenstein and he was sensational. He was just as good in After the Dance at the National. He's as brilliant on stage as he is on screen.
    People should check out his performance as Van Gogh (its on you tube) and all the other brilliant performances. I adore his radio series Cabin Pressure and wish it woudl be turned into a tv series. He has great comic timing.

    I am hoping that the marvel rumours are true and he'll be Doctor Strange or failing that Ant Man.

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