Busy Benedict Set To Dominate The Toronto Film Festival

Busy Benedict greets Star Trek Into Darkness fans in Tokyo, last week. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Busy Benedict greets Star Trek Into Darkness fans in Tokyo, last week. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

There’s no better word to describe the blur of activity around Benedict Cumberbatch – cliché though it may have become – than busy, and yet he appears to have gone so far beyond busy as to attain a kind of anthill state, where countless tiny acts of feverish work appears to coalesce into one vibrating whole.

Why, only this week the news broke that he had officiated at the wedding of two friends, literally marrying them. Not for our whirlygig chum the more pedestrian option of just attending the tying of the knot, oh no, he has to be the guy at the front with the metaphorical rope. He was probably a one-man wedding band too.

And now, with the Toronto Film Festival set to start in just over a month (September 5, to be precise), it appears that Benedict’s face and name will feature across the city with astonishing prominence.

For starters, The Fifth Estate – Benedict’s depiction of the Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange – will open the festival.

And there will be showings of 12 Years A Slave, in which he plays a slave owner opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, in a dark tale of abduction and slavery:

AND the cinematic adaptation of the Pulitzer prize-winning Tracy Letts play August: Osage County, in which Benedict joins another astonishing ensemble cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard and Juliette Lewis.

For more details, including the one or two films that do not feature Benedict’s face (yet), go to the Toronto Film Festival’s website.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

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