'Sherlock's' Benedict Cumberbatch 'over the moon' about 'Star Trek'

Benedict Cumberbatch.jpgBenedict Cumberbatch is having a moment. And we think he deserves it. The 35-year-old actor sparked our attention in 2011 when he starred in the BBC modern day take on Sir Andrew Conan Doyle's seminal sleuth, "Sherlock." And now he's caught J.J. Abrams attention -- he's been cast in an unnamed role in the upcoming sequel to Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" reboot.

At a Thursday's (Jan. 5) Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour event to promote the upcoming new season of "Sherlock" on PBS, Cumberbatch wasn't too keen on talking about "Star Trek," but he did give a somewhat cryptic (or we're just over-analyzing) answer when asked about his new gig.

"There's a lawyer standing here saying that I can't say anything," says the actor. "I'm hugely, hugely excited and I'm very, very flattered. I'm very, very excited, but obviously I'm not here to talk about that. I will, in the future, I'm sure. I'm just getting my head around the fact that it's happened. If you'll forgive me, I'll pass on that. But, my headline is that I'm over the moon."

Over the moon? Considering Abrams' "Lost" creator credit, that's obviously some kind of clue. Let's see, maybe his character will be some sort of space traveler?

Anyhow, Cumberbatch also addressed what it's like being an "it" boy at 35.

"I have been working for nearly 10 years," he says. "I got started quite late in my 20's, compared to an awful lot of people who are further ahead of me, younger ... I'm having a great time, and it's just offering me the opportunity to do fantastic work and be in the company of great people and do incredible scripts. I'm really happy."

You can also catch Cumberbatch in Steven Spielberg's "War Horse," "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and (at least his voice) as Smaug in Peter Jackson's upcoming adaptation of "The Hobbit."
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