Coincidence Alert! The big news of the week was that British actor Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as the villain in the Star Trek sequel. And in a bit of small world, tonight’s episode of Sherlock airing on the BBC contained a small Star Trek reference aimed at Cumberbatch. Watch the clip below, plus see what Simon Pegg has to say about Sherlock and Cumberbatch.
Star Trek reference on Cumberbatch’s Sherlock
This clip is from the Sherlock episode "The Hounds of Baskerville" which aired on the BBC Sunday night and will air in the US in May on PBS. In the scene Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) has just seen the fabled hound and is a bit shaken up, and he is being consoled by Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman).
Obviously this episode was written and shot long before Cumberbatch was even being considered for a role in the Star Trek sequel, so the reference just days after his casting appears to just be a coincidence.
Pegg on Cumberbatch
As we noted earlier in the week, Simon Pegg is a fan of the new Sherlock series and last weekend (before Cumberbatch’s casting) he lamented on how coming to the US to shoot the Star Trek sequel is going to deny him from seeing the rest of the second season airing in the UK. Well earlier today Pegg send out a couple more tweets about Sherlock and Cumberbatch.