Benedict Cumberbatch's The Mauritanian skips cinemas for Amazon release in the UK

Sam Warner
·2-min read
Photo credit: STXfilms
Photo credit: STXfilms

From Digital Spy

The Mauritanian, Benedict Cumberbatch's latest movie, is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video, skipping a cinema release.

The movie, which also stars Oscar-winner Jodie Foster, The Serpent's Tahar Rahim and Big Little Lies' Shailene Woodley, was originally set for release later this month. However, it has been confirmed that the flick will now stream on Amazon from April 1.

The Mauritanian focuses on Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Rahim), a man accused of being "the head recruiter for 9/11".

Photo credit: STXfilms
Photo credit: STXfilms

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Slahi is kept in Guantanamo Bay for years without being charged, though manages to find allies in defence lawyer Nancy Hollander (Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Woodley) as they attempt to seek justice.

Marvel's Cumberbatch takes on the role of Lt Colonel Stuart Couch, a military prosecutor who comes across evidence that threatens to expose "a shocking and far-reaching conspiracy".

Alongside The Mauritanian, Cumberbatch will soon be seen in movie The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, and we recently were given a new look at the actor in character wearing a top hat and holding a fluffy white cat.

Photo credit: STXfilms
Photo credit: STXfilms

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Fans have also been given a glimpse at the star's new Cold War drama The Courier, which co-stars Rachel Brosnahan.

All in all, it's a very busy time in Cumberbatch land.

The Mauritanian will stream on Amazon Prime Video from April 1.

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