Benedict Cumberbatch Stars In Short Film Little Favour

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

Fundraising projects are are becoming more and more common, thanks in part to the popularity of Kickstarter and Indiegogo and also the creative freedom which they provide. One such production is short film Little Favour, starring Star Trek Into Darkness antagonist and Sherlock lead Benedict Cumberbatch.

The film, which has been funded by Indiegogo and directed by Patrick Victor Monroe, centres on Wallace, a man whose former life as a government operative comes back to haunt him.

Here is the synopsis:

Its been 7 years since he left Her Majesty’s service and 10 years since the American counterpart who became his friend, saved his life on a joint mission in Iraq. He’s migrated his skill set into a lucrative business while managing to keep his secret battle with PTSD under wraps. One day, while finally deciding to try his hand at a functional relationship, his old friend James cashes in his chip and asks a Little Favour. How could he refuse when he owes the man his life?

Filmmaker Monroe wrote the film, which starts principal photography in London and also stars Lock Stock actor Nick Moran.

The story exudes images of sleek cold war thrillers of the past, which of course are coming back into fashion, with John Le Carre adaptations, such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).

In fact, Cumberbatch co-starred in that film alongside a plethora of UK acting talent, and must have been hugely impressed with Monroe’s script to even consider taking on such a small project.

The Atonement star is indeed one of the busiest stars in Hollywood at the moment.

Fresh from stealing the show in J.J. Abrams’s Trek sequel, Cumberbatch will be appearing with Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013). Also, as well as taking on the role of controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate (2013), there is the small matter of completing post-production on the last two Hobbit films, in which he voices Smaug the Dragon.

Check out the Indiegogo page for additional information on Little Favour. Our friend Vic Holtreman, Founder and President of Screen Rant, made a significant contribution, and is one of the executive producers on the short film, which is shooting now.

Stay tuned for more developments on this exciting project.

Source: Screen Rant

About Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge is a journalist and copywriter from Glasgow, Scotland. As well as being involved in film festivals in the UK, Mark has also worked as a sports reporter covering soccer matches in his home country. In fact, he even attended the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, helping to document the cultural impact of the event on the city. He also writes for The Huffington Post covering topics such as film, sports and politics.

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