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Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t ruling out returning to Sherlock, the show that made him a global megastar.
“It wouldn’t be fair on anyone else involved – I’m not going to be drawn into that. No, no, no,” he initially says in a new cover interview for Esquire, out tomorrow.
However, pressed on the subject, he has the following to add.
“Oh look, I still say never say never. You know, I really like that character… it’s just, the circumstances need to be right and I think maybe it’s too soon now to see it have another life. I think, wonderful as it is, it’s had its moment for now. But that’s not to say it wouldn’t have another iteration in the future.”
In the same interview Mark Gatiss, co-creator and co-writer of Sherlock, says he is asked “every day” if there will be more.
Given quite how busy Cumberbatch and his co-star Martin Freeman are these days, perhaps a Doctor Who-style reincarnation could be on the cards.
If the team cast a new Sherlock and a new Dr Watson, would Cumberbatch give the duo his blessing?
Much like the Baker Street detective himself, Cumberbatch is keeping his opinions under his deerstalker.
“That’s not for me to comment on,” he says.
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