"12 Years a Slave" went to Toronto Film Festival for a screening before its limited theatrical premiere on October 18. Benedict Cumberbatch and Sarah Paulson were among the cast spotted on the red carpet to help celebrate the special occasion.
Cumberbatch looked sharp in his immaculate gray tux without a tie. His co-star Paulson was stunning as well, wearing a rose-beige Georges Hobeika strapless gown that she paired with a matching clutch, rose-gold metallic pumps and lavender drop earrings.
The two stars were joined at the Princess of Wales Theatre Friday, September 6 by Alfre Woodard and Lupita Nyong'o. The former opted for a pink frock with flower patterns at the hem, while the latter went with a Prada white silk dress with gold sequin details.
"12 Years a Slave" is a movie adaptation of an autobiography written by Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery. It's not the only Cumberbatch film that was premiered at the TIFF this year as "The Fifth Estate" where he stars as Julian Assange is lined up as well.
When speaking to reporters about what the controversial WikiLeaks founder would think of the movie, the "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" actor said, "I'm not a betting man, but I reckon he won't particularly want to support the film."
Indeed, Assange was not impressed by Cumberbatch's performance especially his attempt at Australian accent. The journalist previously told the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "We're all used to foreign actors trying to do Australian accents and it's so grating on the ear... When you hear a Brit trying to do an Australian accent and your own accent, I can't tell you how grating it is."
Other than that, Cumberbatch shied away from any questions related to Assange's legal issues that made him a wanted man. "I wouldn't want to furnish what I think should or might happen," the British actor explained.
"It's to do with dealings behind closed doors for all of us, and I don't have access to any perspective or information that would shine a light on some certain truth. What I'd like to see is the man being able to carry on with his work," he added. "Beyond that, due process has to take place, in whatever shape or form that happens."