Benedict Cumberbatch: What's After 'Sherlock' Series 2?

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Though Sherlock will complete its second run on U.S. television on Sunday night, it won't take much detective work to track down the future whereabouts of its star, Benedict Cumberbatch.

The 35-year old Brit -- recently voted The Sun's Sexiest Man thanks to help from his rabid Tumblr fanbase -- has a long line of roles ready to for the big screen.

Cumberbatch held a series of supporting roles on the big screen in 2011, including Oscar-nominated films War Horse and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, he will take a more leading part in a series of upcoming blockbusters. Currently, he is shooting JJ Abrams' Star Trek sequel -- he was cast thanks to an iPhone audition -- in which he will play a villain. Rumors around the web have him taking on the role of the classic baddie Khan, though that ha& #115; not been confirmed.

Before Star Trek hits theaters, though, he'll star in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit -- once again playing a villain. In fact, he has two roles: he's voicing and doing motion capture work for the monster Smaug, as well as playing the Necromancer (or, as he'll later be known, Sauron). It will also see him reunite with his Sherlock co-star, Martin Freeman, though instead of partners, they'll be on opposite sides, as Freeman is playing Bilbo Baggins.

Beyond that, fans will be able to see Cumberbatch's Olivier-winning turn in the stage production of Frankenstein, which ran at the Royal National Theatre last year and is coming to theaters in June. With cast mate Johnny Lee Miller, Cumberbatch alternated between playing Dr. Frankenstein and his monster in the Danny Boyle-directed performance.

Cumberbatch is also rumored to be attached the indie film Phoenix, which would co-star Liv Tyler.


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