Splash News got this Behind the Scenes footage of Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) against SHERLOCK’s Benedict Cumberbatch in a fight sequence for Paramount’s STAR TREK sequel.
Director JJ Abrams was on hand guidng the actors through their movements, and though a stuntman for Quinto was on set, it looked as if the actor was doing the bulk of the work.
Probably any shot with the character being knocked down was doubled, as insurance companies are naturally disinclined to allow stars to take actual falls. An eariler leaked photo indicates that Lt. Uhura (Zoe Saldana) is in on the action as well—perhaps with a better idea for subduing the seemingly Vulcan Nerve Pinch-resistant Cumberbatch.
Variety reports that Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the BBC TV series SHERLOCK, has been chosen to play the villain in STAR TREK 2.
The unknown role, rumored by some media sources to be the TV/Movie genetic superman Khan Noonian Singh, was originally offered to Benicio Del Toro. Del Toro and Paramount could not come to terms, however, so the search went on.
STAR TREK 2 is set to begin production this month.
Cumberbatch will also be joining his TV Watson Martin Freeman in THE HOBBIT, providing motion capture and voices for the dragon Smaug and “the Necromancer”, assumed to be the dark wizard Sauron.
Entertainment Weekly featured the first picture released of Martin Freeman (SHERLOCK) as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
They quote Jackson as saying Freeman: “…Fits the ears, and he’s got some very nice feet. I think he’s got the biggest hobbit feet we’ve had so far. They’re a little bit hard to walk in, but he’s managed to figure out the perfect hobbit gait.”
SHERLOCK, the BBC’s modern-day retelling of Sherlock Holmes, will air in the U.S. on MASTERPIECE MYSTERIES Sundays begining October 24th, 31st, and November 7th, 2010 at 9:00 pm on PBS.
From WGBH’s press release
“Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a thrilling contemporary version of the Victorian-era whodunits, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement) as the go-to consulting detective in 21st century London, with Martin Freeman (The Office UK) as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson, and Rupert Graves (The Forsyte Saga) as the long-suffering Inspector Lestrade. Fast-paced, funny, and surreally true to the hero’s fantastic gifts for deduction, the series — co-created by DOCTOR WHO’s Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss — was a massive hit when it aired this summer in the UK.”
A second series of three 90-minute episodes has been commisioned, and is planned to be broadcast on BBC1 in the Fall of 2011.
There have been other “modern” Sherlock Holmes screen outings, most notably the later-day Universal films, starring Basil Rathbone andNigel Bruce. Many of them were updated to World War II and afterwards, although they generally kept a kind of semi-timeless quality.