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Benedict talks “The Mauritanian” on the newest TV & Satellite Week

Benedict is the cover of the newest issue (27 March) of TV & Satellite Week magazine, which features a short interview with the main cast of The Mauritanian! Check it out below:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster star in a powerful true story about a tortured Guantánamo Bay prisoner

A shocking true story comesto the screen this week in Amazon Prime Video film The Mauritanian, starring The Serpent’s Tahar Rahim as a wrongly accused terrorist suspect imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay for 14 years without charge.

Directed by Oscar-winning film-makerKevin Macdonald,the drama –which has been nominated for Best Film atthe upcoming BAFTAs – opens two months after the tragic deaths of almost 3,000 people in the 9/11 terror attacks.

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Benedict and Jimmy Fallon have a fun chat on the Tonight Show

Last night, Benedict was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and talked with Jimmy about The Mauritanian, The Courier and Wandavision. They also played a game that requiered them to work through an entire conversation about their favourite movies in alphabetical order.

Check out the videos (and hundreds of screencaps!) below:

New interview for the Toronto Sun on his latest projects

The Toronto Sun just published a new interview with Benedict about his latest film projects! Check it out below:

Benedict Cumberbatch talks The Mauritanian, The Courier and Doctor Strange 2

By Mark Daniell

There’s no point in asking Benedict Cumberbatch about Doctor Strange 2Spider-Man: No Way Home or really anything to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“I can’t believe, still, that after playing Sherlock (Holmes) and Khan (Noonien Singh in Star Trek Into Darkness) and Strange, that people still think I’m going to give insight,” he says laughing down the line from London. “I’m never going to give insight into any of this stuff.”

All he’ll say about his upcoming return as the Master of the Mystic Arts is that he’ll be back.

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“The Mauritanian” has been selected for the 2021 Berlinale

The Berlin Film Festival has announced the official line-up for its 71st edition – set to take place from March 1–5 (industry events) and then June 9–20 (film presentations) – and the great news is that The Mauritanian has been selected for its Berlinale Special category (out of competition)!!

The detailed programme for the event isn’t available yet, but we’ll let you know when that happens and update this post with more information.

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First trailer and poster for “The Courier” are finally here!

This is NOT a drill, people!

The very first trailer for The Courier (formerly Ironbark) is finally among us!! And, also, the very first poster! Check them out below:

And if you’d like some screencaps, we got you:

Will Sharpe talks “Louis Wain” and Benedict with Empire magazine

The March 2021 edition of Empire UK magazine features a short interview with director Will Sharpe on The Electrical Life of Louis Wain in which he talks a little about Benedict. Check it out below:

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.

The year’s battiest biopic? This may well be it.

On the surface, it all sounds quite traditional: Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy starring in a biopic of a renowned British artist. But with an idiosyncratic title, and Will Sharpe – the creator of Channel 4’s bleak comedy Flowers – as director, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain should be anything but. Wain, played by Cumberbatch (“He’s always on and always delivers, which is exciting to watch”, says Sharpe), was a cat-obsessed oddball renowned for his fantastical, psychedelic paintings of anthropomorphised feline figures, and who suffered personal tragedy and significant success across his surprisingly long life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. What’s more, he may have had schizophrenia, possibly brought on by parasites found in, er, cat shit.

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Benedict and “The Mauritanian” team talk with Variety

Yesterday, Variety held an exclusive screening of The Mauritanian followed by a Q&A with the main cast and director Kevin Macdonald. Now, the 42-minutes-long talk is available for all to watch! Check it out below:

Cast, Director of ‘The Mauritanian’ Examine Themes Behind the Film: ‘It’s Beyond His Innocence or His Guilty’

By Natalie Oganesyan

The cast and director of “The Mauritanian,” based on a true story of the torture and trial of a suspected 9/11 terrorist, want audiences to take away lessons of empathy, love and justice from the film.

Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald, along with stars Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley and Tahar Rahim joined Variety film awards editor Clayton Davis in the Variety Streaming Room to discuss the difficulties of and preparation required to recount the gargantuan story of Mohamedou (Rahim), a man who unwittingly got involved with al-Qaida and was subsequently tortured at Guantanamo Bay without trial for his alleged involvement in 9/11.

For Macdonald, one of the challenges of the film was weaving the separate storylines of an ensemble cast — Mohamedou, his defense (Woodley and Foster) and military prosecutor’s (Cumberbatch) — into one cohesive story.

“How do you take these disparate stories and weave them together in a way that is compelling … and where you don’t feel like these are three completely disconnected stories,” Macdonald said.

The stars reflected on the complications of portraying real people, which they surmounted by researching the case and meeting with their respective characters. “With Nancy, you do feel that responsibility to make sure that you honor not just who she is, but her mission,” said Foster of her character Nancy Hollander, Mohamedou’s defense attorney who emphasizes the importance of the rule of law throughout the pic.

The panelists said a main driver of the film is the intellectual themes behind the story, such as the universality of humanity, the necessity of protecting civil liberties and the overwhelming power of fear and bias.

“When we look at fear, it’s easy to look at it from a very mental-based place, but I think, for [Teri,] she had a deep emotional fear, a fear of isolation, a fear of feeling neglected, a fear of being kicked out of society, in a way, because what she wants to do is right, but then she gets in her head about are the decisions she’s making right?” Woodley said of her character Teri Duncan, who is an amalgamation of the defense behind the case. “What does right and wrong even mean?”

Cumberbatch, who plays Lt. Stuart Couch, said he was attracted to the role because of the journey his character takes in unraveling the institutional issues that plague the U.S. military, particularly at Guantanamo.

“From wanting blood and then being brought to a realization that everything that he founds his belief on, from the law to the military to Christianity, and not necessarily in that order, was being undone by the actions at Guantanamo, and he couldn’t, with any conviction, square his conscious, and so he stepped away, he did that extraordinary thing of giving up the case,” Cumberbatch said.

Rahim, who plays the titular role, said his main obstacle was getting into the mental space required to depict a torture victim. To help with the reality of the scenes, he asked Macdonald to make his cell as cold as possible and be put in shackles. “It was tough. Because how could I possibly know what it is to be tortured like this?”

For Macdonald, the film serves as a lens through which audiences can understand the multiple facets of humanity beyond the realms of guilt or innocence.

“The Muslim man accused of terror is probably the least loved person in the world and the least understood person, and I think … it’s that emotional connection,” Macdonald said. “It’s a film about humanity and about why are we doing this to other human beings? What possible excuse can there be? And it’s beyond his innocence or his guilt.”

Source: Variety

SunnyMarch to co-produce movie about the life of Omoba Aina aka Sarah Forbes Bonetta

SunnyMarch to co-produce movie about the life of Omoba Aina aka Sarah Forbes Bonetta

What a week!

Deadline Hollywood just reported that SunnyMarch will co-produce a feature film based on the life of Omoba Aina, a 19th century West African princess who, after being enslaved by King Ghezo of Dahomey in the aftermath of a war with his kingdom, was ”gifted” to Queen Victoria and given the name Sarah Forbes Bonetta, becoming her protégé.

Starring Cynthia Erivo, who is also co-producing, the movie will have the the biography At Her Majesty’s Request: An African Princess in Victorian England by Walter Dean Myers as its source material. Check out the full article below:

Harriet Actress Cynthia Erivo To Star In & Produce Story Of Princess ‘Gifted’ To Queen Victoria; BBC Film, Benedict Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch & So So Producing

By Andreas Wiseman
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First trailer and poster for “The Mauritanian” have been unveiled

First trailer and poster for “The Mauritanian” have been unveiled

It’s only Tuesday, but this week is already serving so much, folks! The very first trailer, poster and stills for The Mauritanian (formerly known as Prisoner 760) are here!

Check out the trailer in HD and with English subtitles below:

And, in our gallery, you can find the poster and screencaps of the trailer in HQ and the still of Benedict as Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch in UHQ:

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“The Gender Games” made it to the 2020 Brit List

“The Gender Games” made it to the 2020 Brit List

Variety has just announced the script for The Gender Games – the TV adaptation of Juno Dawson’s memoir of the same name which SunnyMarch is producing – has made it to this year’s Brit List, the famous annual showcase for the best unproduced screenplays as recommended by companies in the UK film and TV industries.

The 30-minute pilot written by Matthew Barry (Banana, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Death in Paradise) was recommended 9 times, being the fourth most recommended among the 14 selected out of the 246 put forward this year:

NINE RECOMMENDATIONS
“The Gender Games” by Matthew Barry (The Agency)
Producers: SunnyMarch
Form: TV Genre: Comedy Drama
Summary: Half hour comedy drama about sex and dating based on Juno Dawson’s memoir.

Dawson, Barry and the SunnyMarch team expressed their excitement over the achievement on Twitter:

Here’s hoping it won’t be long until we get more good news about this project!

Source: Variety