Benedict Cumberbatch needs no introduction. The Academy-Award-nominated British actor started his career with short movies and side performances around the 2000s. It was not long before he got mainstream roles and made his name sparkle in tinsel town. Other than being quite famous for his regal looks, he has a charming personality and versatility in his acting style. Be it Sherlock, Dr. Strange, or Khan; there is no dearth of iconic roles that this man has done.
Having watched his blockbuster movies during these past years, at this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Benedict Cumberbatch movie? Well, you are in the right place. Here’s the list of upcoming Benedict Cumberbatch films and television shows scheduled to release in the near future. We can only hope that the new projects are as good as some of his recent ones.
14. 1917 (2019)
‘1917’ is described as a war epic featuring two young British soldiers fighting for survival at the heart of World War I. The movie has an ensemble cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Richard Madden, and Mark Strong in the lead roles. The other cast includes Andrew Scott, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, and Jamie Parker among others. ‘1917’ is directed by Sam Mendes from a screenplay he co-wrote with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. The movie is slated for a December 25, 2019 release.
13. The Tiger Who Came to Tea (2019)
‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ is an animated short film based on the children’s book of the same name by Judith Kerr. The story basically follows a tiger who shows up and proceeds to interrupt the afternoon tea of a young girl called Sophie. The tale remains popular and the book has sold numerous copies.
Basically, the story is about a tiger who shows up, eats all the food in the family’s house, finishing everything, including the water from all their taps. Before leaving, the tiger thanks the family for the lovely tea. The father returns and hears the tale, finally suggesting that they dine out at a cafe. The next day the family gets some tiger food but the tiger never returns. There have been suggestions that Kerr wrote the story about her family’s persecution at the hands of Nazis but the author denied such claims.
Benedict Cumberbatch is lending his voice to the movie where the tiger will be voiced by David Oyelowo. Cumberbatch is no stranger to voice acting and will be sure to breathe life into his character. The movie is slated to be aired on Channel 4 around Christmas.
12. Louis Wain (2020)
‘Louis Wain’ is an upcoming biographical drama that is being helmed by Will Sharpe. The script comes from Sharpe and Simon Stephenson. It depicts the life of Louis Wain, the English artist. The prolific individual rose to the heights of his prominence in the 19th century.
His works of art are unique and feature numerous anthropomorphized cats and kittens who have large eyes. Notably, it was believed that he suffered from schizophrenia later in his life. However, there are some disputes about the veracity of this claim, although psychiatrists say that the state of his mental health can be seen reflected in his works. The film itself will trace the personal and professional life of Louis Wain as we see how the artist finds inspiration and interacts with those whom he cherishes most in his life.
Benedict Cumberbatch will be seen in the role of the Louis Wain himself, while Claire Foy will play the role of the wife, Emily Richardson Wain. Notably, Emily was Louis’ sister’s governess and ten years elder to him. Thus, their marriage was quite scandalous at the time, which is something the movie will surely explore. Cumberbatch has portrayed real-life characters wonderfully before, like in ‘The Imitation Game‘, where he plays Alan Turing. Always an impactful actor, he is sure to bring his skills to the table while playing the English painter. The movie is slated to release in 2020.
11. Ironbark (2020)
The upcoming Cold War drama, ‘Ironbark’ features Benedict Cumberbatch as British spy Greville Wynne. The movie is based on the real-life story of Greville Wynne who helped the CIA to infiltrate the Soviet nuclear program during the peak of the Cold War. Rachel Brosnahan plays the role of Emily Donovan, a brilliant CIA agent who coordinates the covert operation of Wynne and Oleg Penkovsky, his Russian ally.
The trio helped to draw key confidential information from the Soviets and played a major role in winding up the Cuban Missile Crisis. The movie is directed by ‘On Chesil Beach’ helmer Dominic Cooke from a screenplay by Tom O’Connor who is known for ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard.’ ‘Ironbark’ is expected to hit theaters in 2020.
10. Dr. Strange Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021)
This one is quite obvious. After the tremendous success of ‘Dr. Strange’, the fans are desperately waiting to see Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Stephen Strange again. Scott Derrickson has confirmed that Cumberbatch will also appear in a sequel to ‘Dr. Strange’. He mentioned in an interview that the first installment of ‘Dr. Strange’ was just the tip of the iceberg.
There is much to the life of the Sorcerer Supreme that is left unearthed. No doubt with the rich content available in the comics, there are endless possibilities and plotlines that Scott can utilize. The movie is slated to be released on May 7, 2021.
9. The Power of the Dog (2021)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss play the lead roles in the movie ‘The Power of the Dog,’ which is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Thomas Savage. The plot follows two rich brothers in Montana, Phil (played by Cumberbatch) and George Burbank.
Though they share the family fortune, Phil and George are poles apart in character. While Phil is notorious for his cruel and cunning nature, George is known as a calm and gentle person. Together, they run the biggest ranch in the Montana valley successfully. But when George secretly ties the knot with the beautiful widow Rose (played by Moss), Phil wreaks havoc in their life using Rose’s only son Peter. The movie is written and directed by Jane Campion. The movie is expected to hit theaters in 2021.
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8. Rio (TBA)
Two giants of Hollywood, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jake Gyllenhaal, in the same movie. I think I’ve got goosebumps. Rio is the story of a financial reporter who goes to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend of his, only to get sucked up in an evil plot to fake his friend’s death.
Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing the wealthy friend of Gyllenhaal’s character, the financial reporter. It has been reported that Edward Berger will be directing the movie, and the screenplay comes from Steven Knight. I don’t have to stress the fact that having these two titans of acting side by side will be a treat to watch.
7. Magik (TBA)
‘Magik’ is one of the many animated movies that Benedict Cumberbatch will star in, in the coming years. An author Lewis Clark (Benedict Cumberbatch) accidentally stumbles upon a World of Magic, after his two children go missing.
In an attempt to save his children and his world as he knows it, Lewis ventures out on a quest to stop the evil that is behind the master plan. In his quest, he meets characters like a troll called Jacob, who is from the Magic World. Set in London during Blitz, this one is sure to be another wonderful performance from Benedict as a voice actor.
6. Rogue Male (TBA)
Benedict Cumberbatch has been confirmed to star in the cinematic adaptation of Geoffrey Household’s novel ‘Rogue Male’. A suspense-thriller, ‘Rogue Male’ tells the story of a British sportsman and hunter who plans on bringing a dictator in his cross-hairs. Not intending to actually pull the trigger, he just aims to see if he can get close enough to get a clear shot of the leader of a ruthless regime.
However, while doing that he is apprehended by the guards of that dictator and then tortured. He escapes from their custody only to find out that his life has been destroyed by the secret agents who’re searching for him. He vows to take revenge and not miss his shot the next time. Benedict mentioned in an interview that he is excited both to be playing such a challenging role and producing the movie at the same time.
5. The Man In The Rockefeller Suit (TBA)
Based on Mark Seal’s book of the same name, this movie is based on the life of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. Christian was a German immigrant who in the 1970s came to the United States. In dire need of money or maybe to pass his time, he started fooling people under assumed identities.
It was not long before Christian became a famous conman who went by the name of Clark Rockefeller. He would introduce himself as a member of the renowned Rockefeller family, the oil industry tycoons. After fooling them, he would dupe people into giving him money. However, when the conman’s past caught up with him, he turned to unprecedented ways to protect his daughter. We’ll see Benedict playing the role of this famous conman, and judging by his performance in ‘Sherlock’ I think he’ll do a great job.
4. Guantanamo Diary (TBA)
‘Guantanamo Diary’ is a movie based on Mohamedou Slahi’s account of having been incarcerated and held without being charged by the US government. During the government’s war on terror, the individual was sent to Guantanamo Bay where he was kept for over a decade.
On the suspicion of being a terrorist, he was imprisoned without being charged and did not get a chance to defend himself in court. His memoir outlines the torture or enhanced interrogation techniques that he was subjected to, while locked up. They supposedly included everything apart from waterboarding. The memoir claims that the prisoner had his ribs broken, he was kept awake for days and taken out to sea where he was told he would be executed. Following that, he was made to drink seawater, besides being subjected to sexual humiliation by female soldiers. However, he was never charged with a crime.
Cumberbatch is slated to appear as Stu Couch in the movie but details of his role remain unknown for now. However, it promises to be an intense tale and someone of Cumberbatch’s caliber will only accentuate the narrative.
3. How To Stop Time (TBA)
Benedict Cumberbatch is slated to be playing a man who has been alive for years and is essentially beyond time. Excited yet? Benedict’s production company SunnyMarch and Studiocanal have reportedly acquired the rights to Matt Haig’s 2017 book, which tells the story of a man Tom Hazard who has been alive for centuries. Due to a rare condition, he can’t die or age, and through the years has seen many of his loved ones die around him. Benedict is rumored to be playing the lead role of Tom Hazard in this fantasy thriller.
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2. Now You See Me 3 (TBA)
The ‘Now You See Me’ franchise starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo needs no introduction. With its crazy suspenseful plot and matching magic tricks, the first installment took Hollywood by storm and managed to quadruple its investment. The second installment came in with similar success, and the prince of magic Daniel Radcliffe was added to the star cast.
In an effort to up the ante, this time it is rumored that the makers are considering Benedict Cumberbatch as the formidable villain who’ll stand against the Four Horsemen. The movie doesn’t have a set plot or release date until now, but we hope that it gets that soon.
1. Gypsy Boy (TBA)
Based on the real-life story of Mikey Walsh -a British writer and LGBT activist-, ‘Gypsy Boy’ is a tale of resilience and courage. Born into a dying breed of Roman Gypsies, Mikey Walsh was brought up to be a bare-knuckle boxer. He had been given a golden pair of gloves to wear around his neck when he was just a child.
But when his family came to know that Mikey was gay, he was ousted and shunned by the community. The movie tells his story and how he came back into society with his words. Benedict will be playing Mikey Walsh’s father in the movie. In a press statement, Cumberbatch mentioned that he was immediately drawn to such a profound and challenging character.
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Good Omens (2019)
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of Satan in Amazon’s series adaptation of the novel ‘Good Omens‘ by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. In the series, Cumberbatch’s Satan is a giant and animated Prince of Darkness who appears to be 400 feet tall. His character appears in the final moments of Season 1 when the Antichrist’s ascension to power is stopped by the unlikely team of a wily demon and an easygoing angel.
Frances McDormand appears as the voice of God opposite Cumberbatch in the series. The other cast members include Michael Sheen, David Tennant, and Adria Arjona. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are the show creators while Neil Gaiman serves as the screenwriter and showrunner. The series aired on May 31, 2019.
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)
‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ is a comedy released on Netflix on September 20, 2019. If you are familiar with the show hosted by Zach Galifianakis, then the movie will come as a wonderful addition. The premise is a continuation of the same type of interviews that Zach is famous for in his talk show. The questions are rather hostile and the celebrities are meant to be discomforted, rather than mollycoddled, as they are on mainstream talk shows.
In the movie, we see that Zach runs a sub-standard talk show, which is focused on cost-cutting. In his effort to be humorous, he is often aggressive and hostile in posing questions. However, all this stops when the studio floods. Now, left without a place to shoot the talk show, Zach faces his boss’ wrath, who says he must deliver the interviews if he wants his break in mainstream talk shows.
The movie becomes a road-trip comedy hereon, as Zach and his crew travel across America, interviewing celebrities. In the process, they grow closer to each other and learn more about themselves, especially Zach. Benedict Cumberbatch is among the celebrities interviewed. The movie obviously pokes fun at his surname, which is notoriously hard to remember. The actor has a small but memorable role.