WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch as a Wolf in ‘Penguins of Madagascar’

Benedict Cumberbatch's wolf in 'Penguins of Madagascar' (PIc: Moviefone)

Benedict Cumberbatch’s wolf in ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ (PIc: Moviefone)

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 McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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