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Never mind Sherlock season four or Richard III, this is the Benedict Cumberbatch project we’ve all been waiting for, his magnificent performance in the new Penguins of Madagascar film.
He plays Classified, the lupine leader of the high-tech animal organization North Wind—featuring Eva the snow owl (Annet Mahendru), Short Fuse the seal (Ken Jeong) and Corporal the bear (Peter Stormare)—who have been hired to protect the safety of the four resourceful penguins from the Madagascar (and The Penguins of Madagascar) franchise, against the evil tentacles of a rotten octopus named Octavius Brine, as played by John Malkovich.
Not that they seem remotely grateful, as this trailer illustrates:
Benedict claims it wasn’t too much of a stretch to take the James Bond role, saying: “I don’t know what it’s like to be a penguin, but I do know what it’s like to be a super-super-smooth classified agent.”
Penguins of Madagascar opens in theaters on November 26.
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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.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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