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‘The Simpsons’ Picks Up ‘Sherlock’ Star Benedict Cumberbatch

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For anyone who’s caught the first two series of Steven Moffat’s BBC adaption ‘Sherlock,’ it doesnt take a detective to pick out the show’s popularity.  Not only has star Benedict Cumberbatch achieved international acclaim as a modern-day version of the famous super-sleuth, but will soon tear his way across screens in ‘Star Trek 2.’  Now ‘The Simpsons‘ have picked up the UK star, but what will the series see him play?

Den of Geek is reporting that ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Star Trek 2′ star Benedict Cumberbatch has secured a guest appearance on ‘The Simpsons,’ for an unknown future airing.  Cumberbatch joins the ranks of such acclaimed UK stars to lend their voices to ‘The Simpsons’ as Ricky Gervais, Tony Blair, Tom Jones, Eric Idle, Jeremy Irons and more.

There are no futher details as to who Cumberbatch will be playing (no, it isn’t Sherlock Holmes, and it definitely isn’t Khan Noonien Singh), but the manner in which Cumberbatch secured the role merits attention:

I was at a meeting in the same place The Simpsons is recorded and heard there was a part going in an episode. I said ‘I hate to muscle in here guys but could I record it?’ Next thing, I’m standing in a room with all those famous voices; Bart, Marge, Homer, Lisa.

Given the lengthy production process that goes into ‘The Simpsons,’ the episode likely won’t air until 2013 at the earliest, by which time ‘Star Trek’ may have made the actor more recognizable.

What say you?  Will you tune in to see hear Cumberbatch on ‘The Simpsons?’  Tell us your favorite guest stars in the comments below!

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