It doesn't seem that long ago that Benedict Cumberbatch was the target of many plays on his name, with the internet dishing out all sorts of nonsensical variations, but no one is forgetting his name now, either seriously or for fun. Cumberbatch has pretty much killed the game in Hollywood and has had a number of roles that have proven his name is one that is here to stay. He doesn’t seem to be slowing down either, because after Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, he is rumored to be heading to another magical movie.
According to The Sun, Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the cast of the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons film, and the gaming community is rejoicing. While this is still just a rumor at this time, the people at The Sun claim they have “a movie insider” who says Cumberbatch was an obvious and necessary choice for the live-action film. Apparently after he narrated the Dungeons & Dragons animated short The Legend of Drizzt, he "couldn’t not be in the film version."
With the animated short only dropping last month, this could be the reason for Benedict Cumberbatch’s addition to the film being much later than the other stars who have already been announced, assuming this rumor of Cumberbatch signing on for the film ends up being true. We do know for sure that big name stars like Chris Pine, Hugh Grant, the Fast Saga’s Michelle Rodriguez and Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page are set to star in the live-action Dungeons & Dragons movie.
Dungeons & Dragons is definitely a project that Benedict Cumberbatch could feel at home in. Sure, the Sherlock star has plenty of experience in more reality-based and serious projects like his recent The Courier, but he also has a seemingly lifetime amount of experience in the fantasy genre. I mean, the man was the voice of The Hobbit’s Smaug and plays a Master of the Mystic Arts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For Cumberbatch to snag a role in Dungeons & Dragons would definitely give the film another proven actor in the genre, in addition to Star Trek’s Chris Pine.
Dungeons & Dragons has apparently already started filming in the UK, which would also be convenient for the alleged addition of Benedict Cumberbatch. Either way, a confirmation of this casting will hopefully drop in the future. CinemaBlend will keep you updated on any developments to this story, as well as what is happening in the world of Dungeons & Dragons relating to the upcoming film - Cumberbatch or no Cumberbatch. In the meantime, you can look forward to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness working its magic in theaters on March 25, 2022.