Casting: Cumberbatch, Modine, Jones

The Hobbit
Whoops. Martin Freeman accidentally let slip at a BAFTA TV event last night that his “Sherlock” co-star Benedict Cumberbatch has also scored a role in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit”.

Late, Freeman joked backstage “I knew I was a big mouth, I didn’t know how much of a big mouth, and I’ve ruined everything… and now I might not have a job to go back to!”

Cumberbatch couldn’t comment directly and neither Jackson or the studio has confirmed the casting. What role he’ll play is unspecified. [Source: Empire Online]

The Dark Knight Rises
Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, and Joey King have joined the cast of Chris Nolan’s highly-anticipated superhero tale “The Dark Knight Rises” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

No words on which roles any of the trio will play in the currently shooting film, though it’s expected to be only minor parts. [Source: Show Blitz]

Great Hope Springs
Tommy Lee Jones has joined the cast of David Frankel’s comedy “Great Hope Springs” for Mandate Pictures and Sony Pictures.

Vanessa Taylor’s script centers on a middle-aged couple (Jones, Meryl Streep) who after 30 years of marriage attend an intense counseling weekend to examine the marriage and sex issues that are threatening their marriage.

Steve Carell plays a famed relationship guru who tries to help the couple out once they arrive in town. Shooting kicks off in August.