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Let’s just say that Benedict Cumberbatch has a knack for bringing history to life.
The actor, who rose to fame as the star of Sherlock, has played no shortage of real-life characters, including (deep breath!) Stephen Hawking in a 2004 BBC film, William Pitt the Younger in 2006 indie film Amazing Grace, William Carey in The Other Boleyn Girl, Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate and now Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, currently in theaters.
So why should the man stop there? Indeed, here are five more famous folks, all of whom have biopics about them currently in varying stages of development, that we think The Batch would be perfect for.
With the exception of the hair, Cumberbatch is a dead ringer for the Lord of the Rings author. Plus, the actor already knows a thing of two about Tolkien, given that he’s Smaug in the Hobbit films.
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The Sherlock star would nail the pain behind Lindbergh’s time in the limelight, which should be good news for Dustin Lance Black (J. Edgar, Milk) who has been working on a script about the aviator.
Edgar Allan Poe
The actor clearly seems made for period pieces, and the troubled Poe in particular is a character he could embody well. Sylvester Stallone has been trying for years to get his script about the famed poet made, and so Cumberbatch should step up to the plate.
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Cumberbatch has a mixture of silliness and underlying sadness that would be perfect to play the late talk show host.
The actor would also make a good Jim Henson, too, but Fred Rogers in particular seems like a solid fit, in part because we’re sure Cumberbatch can wear a cardigan like nobody’s business.
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