Not content with voicing the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit, the Doctor Who-shunning actor has been cast as the villain in the new Star Trek movie, a sequel to the 2009 reboot starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.
Cumberbatch landed the role that Edgar Ramirez had auditioned for last month.
Benecio Del Torro (License to Kill) is also thought to have auditioned but turned the part down. Also cast is Alice Eve (daughter of Doctor Who fan-baiting Trevor Eve) and Doctor Who’s Noel Clarke. Meanwhile, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) is expected to reprise his role of Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott.
What this means for Sherlock we have yet to see, but with Martin Freeman tied up throughout 2012 with filming and promoting The Hobbit…