After making his mark with the sizzling detective series Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch has become one of the most--if not the most--in-demand young actor out there right now. This year alone he’ll hit theaters in the science-fiction blockbuster Star Trek into Darkness, the Julian Assange docudrama The Fifth Estate, the chilling biopic 12 Years a Slave, the star-stuffed Oscar-bait dramedy August: Osage County, and the much anticipated sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. yet somewhere in between shooting all this and season three of Sherlock, Cumberbatch fit in time to film the thriller short teased above.

THR has tipped the teaser for Little Favour, a 22-minute short film from actor turned writer-director Patrick Victor Monroe. He and Cumberbatch first worked together in 2011 on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, in which the latter starred and the former contributed as personal assistant to co-star Tom Hardy. When Monroe got into development on Little Favour, Cumberbatch okayed his name for use in the finance raising on the crowd-funding site Indie Gogo.

As you might imagine, with a name as big as Cumberbatch’s on it, the project met its goal of about $40,000 US with ease. It then went on to earn more than $138,000. These funds went into creating an espionage thriller that apparently involves Cumberbatch’s pretty mug being beaten bloody. Prizes for contributing—aside from another chance to see Cumberbatch in action—ranged from a digital or DVD copy of the finished short, to autographed copies of scripts or t-shirts, to a small role in the film, producer credit, and special access to the set and London screening party. Most of the sponsorship levels, including the £5,000 ones sold out.

Produced by Cumberbatch and Monroe’s company SunnyMarch, Little Favour has Cumberbatch playing Wallace, a former agent in Her Majesty’s service, whose been out of the game for seven years. Since then he’s been secretly battling with post-traumatic stress disorder and using his unique skill set to run a lucrative business, while trying to develop a healthy romantic relationship. However, when an old American counterpart, who saved his life ten years back during a mission in Iraq, asks for his help, or a little favour, Wallace’s attempt at stability is thrown out the window. Colin Salmon and Nick Moran co-star.

Little Favour is currently in post-production. SunnyMarch is weighing the short’s distribution options. In the meantime, Cumberbitches—as his fans have been known—can look for the crush-worthy British star in 12 Years a Slave and the Fifth Estate on October 18th. Fittingly, August: Osage County and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will both open on Christmas Day.

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