Benedict Cumberbatch walked the red carpet and posed with fans at the premiere of his latest film, "The Fifth Estate," at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday.
The 37-year-old British actor commands a loyal following mostly due to his title role in the popular BBC series "Sherlock." While posing for photos with fans near the red carpet, one admirer held up a picture of his character (see above).
In "The Fifth Estate," Cumberbatch trades his dark, touseled "Sherlock" locks in for a slick, platinum blond hairstyle and puts on an Australian accent to play Julian Assange, founder of anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
The movie is based on a book by the man's former lieutenant, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who is played by Daniel Bruhl. "The Fifth Estate" hits theaters on Oct. 18 (watch a trailer and a special behind-the-scenes look at the film, above.)
"I just hope that they go out to seek a personal truth and they go and examine the issues themselves, that it engages them, that they realize it's a film and it's something to provoke the ideas behind it and the incredible characters within it in order to provoke debate and a further understanding of very, very complex issues," Cumberbatch said at the premiere, regarding the viewers (watch video, courtesy of studio Dreamworks SKG, above).
"The Fifth Estate" is directed by Bill Condon, who helmed both parts of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn." The movie also stars "Game of Thrones" actress Carice van Houten as WikiLeaks activist and Icelandic lawmaker Birgitta Jonsdottir.
"He's so great in this film," she said at the premiere, regarding Cumberbatch.
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Cumberbatch's popularity in North America has been growing over the past year, especially following the success of the summer blockbuster "Star Trek Into Darkness," in which he played the menacing and striking villain Khan (check out OTRC.com's interview with him).
On Nov, 10, the actor will be honored at the British Artist of the Year by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA) at the Britannia Awards.
"Benedict Cumberbatch has had a remarkable year, and as one of the UK's leading talents he truly exemplifies the continued respect that British talents have garnered around the globe," BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman Gary Dartnall said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com.