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Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Upcoming Thriller BLOOD MOUNTAIN

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Upcoming Thriller BLOOD MOUNTAIN

Variety reports exclusively that Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to star in the upcoming thriller BLOOD MOUNTAIN from director Sergei Bodrov. Lawrence Bender will produce along with Nicola Horlick and James Gibb.

The film will follow a private military contractor whose Special Forces team gets ambushed and killed during a secret mission. The Attack forces him to personally transport one of the world's most wanted terrorists over enemy territory to bring him to justice.

No details have been revealed as to who Cumberbatch will play in the film.

Benedict Cumberbatch can currently be seen in the PBS drama series Sherlock. His recent film roster includes The Fifth Estate, 12 Years a Slave, and August: Osage County with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts -- all of which just debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

His other upcoming projects include The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Magik, The Imitation Game and Flying Horse. He is well known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the UK series "Sherlock", which just wrapped its third season, set to air next year. Other recent film credits include J.J. Abrams' Stark Trek Into Darkness.

The actor starred in Steven Spielberg's War Horse film adaptation and in 2011 alternated leads in Danny Boyle's production of Frankenstein. His other theatre credits include Hedda Gabler, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination.

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