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Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Third Star.' Photos courtesy of Western Edge Productions.

Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch is an actor with a wicked range. (Have you SEEN him as Stephen Hawking?) Now watch him flip the script again, going from the cockiness of Detective Holmes to playing a terminally ill cancer patient in the new independent film, Third Star (view trailer).

The movie will see its U.S. launch during the From Britain With Love film festival, a multi-city showcase of UK indie films that begins tomorrow (June 11). Third Star anchors a strong festival lineup that includes Toast (with Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore), NEDS (written and directed by actor/filmmaker Peter Mullan), In Our Name (starring Life On MarsJoanne Froggatt), the teen father drama A Boy Called Dad, and Africa United, a comedy set in war-torn Africa.

We’ve gotten our hands on some exclusive clips of Cumberbatch in Third Star, in which he plays James, a dying man who enlists his three mates for one last hurrah, a camping trip to West Wales. From the clips, it looks to be a bit of a cheeky romp, with a wheelchair-bound Benedict pummeling some ne’er-do-wells with a cane. But there are also some poignant moments and fetching scenery. Watch below:

To find out where Third Star is screening near you, check out the From Britain With Love schedule. FBWL has also planned live webcast Q&As with the casts and crews of the festival films, which you can view in the coming days and weeks over at their website.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.