Man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch is set to thrill crowds in London’s Leicester Square at the opening night gala of the London Film Festival next month.
Cumberbatch will be joined on the red carpet by co-star Keira Knightley for the European premiere of The Imitation Game, which marks the start of the 58th edition of Britain’s leading film event.
Brad Pitt will add even more star power when he attends the closing night gala screening of WWII epic Fury, another European premiere.
The announcement was made today by festival director Clare Stewart at the Odeon Leicester Square, where the full event programme was also unveiled.
The Imitation Game tells the nail-biting tail of WWII code-breaker Alan Turing and is being billed as the film that could bring Cumberbatch his first Academy Award.
Fury sees Pitt take charge of a rag-tag tank crew joining the final push into Hitler’s Germany, blending spectacular action sequences with intimate character studies.
There are plenty of other highlights on show in between, including:
- Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence taking the leads in American period melodrama Serena.
- Kate Winslet in A Little Chaos, the second directorial outing by Alan Rickman.
- Steve Carrell getting serious alongside Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in the hotly Oscar-tipped Foxcatcher.
- Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow up to Dallas Buyers Club, starring Reece Witherspoon.
- Tom Hardy teaming up with James Gandolfini for The Drop, a hard-hitting slice of Brooklyn noir.
- Idris Elba going low-key for London-set kitchen sink drama Second Coming.
- The Salvation, a gripping Western that teams Eva Green and Mads Mikkelsen with Eric Cantona.
- Adam Sandler’s long-awaited return to serious drama in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children.
- Simon Pegg as a grumpy gun-for-hire in Australian comedy thriller Kill Me Three Times.
- Rosewater, the directorial debut of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, starring Gael Garcia Bernal.
The BFI London Film Festival takes place on October 8-19. For more information and tickets, visit: www.bfi.org.uk/lff
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