Benedict Cumberbatch Goes to War

By DAVID WEINER

January 07, 2013

From his hugely popular take on Sherlock Holmes to his dastardly turns in Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit trilogy (as the voice of Smaug the dragon), Benedict Cumberbatch is quickly becoming a household name on this side of the pond, and HBO is capitalizing on that name recognition by importing the compelling U.K. miniseries Parade's End to the States in February. Watch the haunting teaser trailer…

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Already a veteran of World War I thanks to his part in Steven Spielberg's War Horse, Cumberbatch returns to the embattled era as Christopher Tietjens, a married English aristocrat who feels compelled to join the fight in France, leaving behind a complicated set of circumstances involving unrequited passion for an entrancing young woman (played by Adelaide Clemens) and loyalty obligations with his wife (played by Rebecca Hall). Returning home shell-shocked, he struggles to hold onto his sanity as he faces vicious rumors and familial rejection amid the torrid love triangle.

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A five-part miniseries event, Parade's End begins airing on HBO on February 26th at 9 p.m.



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