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Steve McQueen Casts Benedict Cumberbatch in 12 Years a Slave

Sherlock, Series 2
Sundays, May 6, 13, and 20, 2012 at 9pm ET on PBS

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are back for a new round of clever crime-solving in 21stcentury
London in a series that USA Today hailed as “unabashedly entertaining.” Benedict Cumberbatch returns in the title role, with Martin Freeman as his deadpan sidekick, Watson, and Andrew Scott as the mousy mastermind of evil, Jim Moriarty.
Shown: Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock
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The very British Benedict Cumberbatch, recently given a spectacular alternate definition ("a breakfast dish famously enjoyed by Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII," etc.) in a Sherlock Blu-ray giveaway right here on Vulture, has come aboard Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. Portraying a plantation owner who buys free-man-turned-slave protagonist played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cumberbatch joins Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. Yes, this should be good. As well as Cumberbatchy.

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