Benedict Cumberbatch to star in August: Osage County?

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The first of three films based on an adaptation of the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood & Orlando Bloom. Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

August 24th, 2012

Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to star in drama movie 'August: Osage County'.

The 'Sherlock' actor has entered negotiations to portray the sensitive son of Meryl Streep's onscreen sister, Mattie Fay Aiken (Margo Martindale), in the film, which is to be produced by George Clooney.

Julia Roberts is also set to star in the motion picture, which tells the story of women in a family whose lives have gone off in various directions before a disaster brings them back to their childhood home, with Meryl inline to portray a dysfunctional woman who raises the family.

John Wells is to direct the Weinstein Company project, an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts, and Grant Heslov is to produce alongside George.

Clooney previously said: ''Grant and I are thrilled to work on this project. It's already a great cast and great material and I can't think of anyone better than Harvey [Weinstein] to put this all together. And we're particularly excited to work with our dear friend John Wells. It's such a terrific group and we feel honoured to help bring it to the screen.''

Benedict's forthcoming projects include the role of sinister dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson's big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved classic 'The Hobbit', which sees Martin Freeman portray lead character Bilbo Baggins and Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis reprising their respective 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy characters Gandalf and Gollum.