Steven Moffat has confessed that he does often worry that Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will lose interest in Sherlock, because of their massive movie fame.
The actors are both starring in movie trilogy The Hobbit, with Freeman taking on the lead role of Bilbo Baggins. Benedict voices the character Smaug the Dragon and also provided the motion capture for the Necromancer. In the last year Cumberbatch has also filmed ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ and he is currently playing WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange in The ‘Fifth Estate.’
The third series Sherlock has seen it’s filming schedule pushed back repeatedly, because of the work load of it’s two leading men, but is due to begin filming in March.
Speaking at the Radio Times cover party, Steven admitted that the fame and acclaim of Martin and Benedict is a cause for concern and explained:
“It’s a problem by accident and design. We do have two of the biggest film stars in the world playing the leads in our show. But they seem to like doing it and we hope we can hang on to them for a bit.”
Cumberbatch and Freeman aren’t the only ones with hectic schedules though, as Moffat himself is currently in the middle of planning for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary in November.
He has previously revealed that there will be a special episode, though details of it’s casting are being kept very much a secret.
Steven admitted that his own workload is ‘hell’ but added:
“But it’s hell in a lovely way because I’m working on my two favourite shows – Doctor Who and Sherlock.”
“Not a completely unbiased choice but it is very difficult.”
“There’s a lot to do. I’m a bit anxious and scared about getting the Doctor Who 50th wrong – but I think it’s going well.”
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