If meeting Benedict Cumberbatch is on the top of your bucket-list, you’re in luck! For the first time ever, the public heartthrob who wooed all fans as BBC’s Sherlock will be appearing at the San Diego International Comic-Con to be held on July 24 to 27 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Cumberbatch, however, won’t be attending as the beloved Sherlock Holmes. It has been revealed that his unexpected appearance is being made in order to promote the forthcoming animated feature The Penguins of Madagascar. He will be serving on the animation panel hosted by the film’s production company, DreamWorks, alongside directors Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell, and fellow co-stars Tom McGrath and John Malkovitch.
Coincidentally, the film’s anticipated release date of 2015 had been announced in the 2012 Comic Con but was moved up (or, as I would say, pre-poned) this May. The movie – which is apparently unrelated to the Nickelodeon cartoon show of the same name – is now set to be released on November 26, 2014 and is being distributed by 20th Century Fox, if anyone cares.
Meanwhile Cumberbatch, in this Madagascar series spin-off, does not lend his voice to a 3-D penguin either. Instead, he will be playing the role of ‘Classified,’ a wolf team leader of the North Wind. All I hope is they keep his eyes.
Seriously though, if the thought of getting to stare into those beautiful eyes (well, more like ‘try to see said eyes from afar’) and potentially being in the same room with him (and hundreds of others) is not already making you jump up and down with joy, it has also been rumored that this incredibly talented actor could be staying at the convention for a little longer.
The annual comic-con will be hosting a Warner Bros. session on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Cumberbatch, being a member of the cast, might just show up to show his support to director Peter Jackson.
As you all know, this high-budget third installment of The Hobbit series is one of the most widely anticipated of 2014’s new releases and Cumberbatch, who will be reprising his role as ‘The Necromancer’ alongside Sherlock buddy Martin Freeman, will surely be nice enough to grace the event with his presence. (Translation: Please, Benedict, please. If you can read this, please go to the Warner Bros. function so I get to see more pictures of you. Please! Who knows, if you say that enough, maybe he will. Maybe he’ll even wear a deerstalker and read your minds. Maybe…)
Did you know that his Wikipedia page has a voice-recording of him that you can play over and over? Did you know that he’s one of Time magazine’s 100 “Most Influential People in the World”?
But apologies, I digress.
Fans and con attendees are not to dismay because if there’s anything to be learnt from hopelessly following updates on each Comic-Con event, it is the fact that there will always be more. Last year’s Comic-Con celebrity guest list included actor/god Tom Hiddleston in full Loki attire, fan favorite Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage of the Game of Thrones fame, Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman from X-Men, Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan, Supernatural brothers duo Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, the cast from Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, Jamie Foxx, Stephen Hawking, and much-loved author Neil Gaiman. With such a track record, you never know who else might be at this one, too.
For more information on the 2014 Comic-Con International: San Diego, visit their official page and check back here for more news. Happy conning!