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CASTING WATCH: Brit Go-To-Guy Benedict Cumberbatch Rides into Star Trek

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 5, 2012 at 10:56AM

Benedict Cumberbatch can ride that "War Horse" all the way into production on J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel. The actor ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Atonement," voices in the upcoming "The Hobbit") has boarded the Paramount franchise, and rumor has it it's to play to play the villain...
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Cumberbatch joins Star Trek

Benedict Cumberbatch can ride that "War Horse" all the way into production on J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel. Britain's go-to-chameleon ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Atonement," "The Hobbit") has boarded the Paramount franchise, and rumors abound as to which villain he'll play (is it Khan?). He will be joined by other "Trek" newbies Noel Clarke, Alice Eve and Peter Weller, as well as the returning Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban and John Cho.

Abrams, who plans to post-convert the film to 3-D (aargh) wrote the script with Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci. Release is set for May 17, 2013.

[THR/Variety]

This article is related to: CASTING WATCH, News, Franchises, Star Trek, Directors, J.J. Abrams


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.