'The Power of the Dog': 5 things to know about Benedict Cumberbatch film

The movie also stars Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons in pivotal roles

                            'The Power of the Dog': 5 things to know about Benedict Cumberbatch film
Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil Burbank in 'The Power of the Dog' (Netflix)

Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the finest actors working in Hollywood right now and he has the credentials to prove it. The English actor started his career with supporting roles and went on to become one of most popular leading men in the entertainment industry. The actor is set to enthrall viewers with a new movie, ‘The Power of the Dog’.

The movie revolves around a charismatic rancher named Phil Burbank (Cumberbatch) who has been an inspirational figure for people around him. However, he doesn’t know anything about love. But everything changes when his brother brings home a wife and her son. Will Burbank finally get to know what love is? The answer to that burning question will be given in the upcoming Netflix movie.


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Apart from having an intriguing premise, the movie also features a stellar cast led by Benedict Cumberbatch. Let’s take a look at the cast members of ‘The Power of the Dog’.

Jesse Plemons (George Burbank) and Kirsten Dunst (Rose Gordon) in 'The Power of the Dog' (Netflix)

Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil Burbank

As one of the most renowned actors in the world right now, Cumberbatch has undoubtedly become one of the most bankable stars in the industry right now. The talented British actor started his professional career in 2001 and did many stage shows all over England. On the other hand, 2003 saw him receiving his first feature film role in the movie ‘To Kill a King’. However, the actor had his moment of glory in 2007 with the movie ‘Atonement’. Since then, he had more supporting roles in hit movies such as ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ and ‘War Horse’.

The actor received worldwide recognition in 2010 when he was cast as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series ‘Sherlock’. He went on to receive universal acclaim for his role and won a Primetime Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.' In 2014, the actor went on to receive his first Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards for ‘The Imitation Game’.

Benedict Cumberbatch attends "The Power Of The Dog" UK Premiere during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images for BFI)

2016 turned out to be most successful as he made his Marvel debut with ‘Doctor Strange’ as the movie's titular character. Since then, he has reprised the character in movies such as ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, and ‘Avengers: Endgame’. He will be donning the cape once again in the upcoming movie ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’.

Kirsten Dunst as Rose Gordon

Whenever a list of this generation’s finest actors will be made, Kirsten Dunst’s name will surely be included on that list. Dunst began her career at age three as a child fashion model in television commercials. In 1988, she made her feature film debut with Woody Allen’s short movie ‘Oedipus Wrecks.’ The actress was lauded for her performance in the 1994 movie ‘Interview with the Vampire’ and went on to receive Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes.

The actress gained a resurgence of mainstream attention for her role as Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's ‘Spider-Man’ (2002), a role which she reprised for the following two sequels. Since then, Dunst has given many critically-acclaimed performances in projects such as ‘Marie Antoinette’, ‘All Good Things’, ‘Melancholia’, and ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’.

Actor Kirsten Dunst attends the premiere of Focus Features' "The Beguiled" at Directors Guild Of America on June 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)


Dunst was also seen in the second season of blockbuster hit TV show ‘Fargo’ and received a 'Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film' nomination at the Golden Globes and Primetime Emmys.

Jesse Plemons as George Burbank

Born on April 2, 1988, Plemons has achieved a lot of recognition for his work in a short period of time. He began his career as a child actor and got featured in an advertisement for Coca-Cola when he was just 3 and a half years old. In 2006, when he was 18, Plemons joined the ensemble cast of NBC's ‘Friday Night Lights’.

From 2012 to 2013, Plemons portrayed the psychopathic villain Todd Alquist during the final season of ‘Breaking Bad’. Meanwhile, in 2015, he starred in the acclaimed TV series ‘Fargo’ and received a Primetime Emmy nomination in the 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie' category. The actor also had a supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s Netflix movie ‘The Irishman’ (2019). Last year, he played a significant role in the Academy Award-winning movie ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’.

Jesse Plemons attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Plemons will be next seen playing the lead role in Scorsese’s upcoming movie ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ along with Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Kodi-Smit McPhee as Peter Gordon

Born on June 13, 1996, Kodi-Smit McPhee made his acting debut in the 2007 movie ‘Romulus, My Father’ which garnered him the 2007 AFI Award for Best Young Actor. For his appearance in ‘The Road’ (2009), he received a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Young Actor and a 2010 Australian Film Institute (AFI) nomination for Best International Actor.

Kodi Smit-McPhee attends the official screening of Netflix's "The Power Of The Dog" during 2021 AFI Fest at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 11, 2021 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Since then, the actor has been seen in projects like ‘The Congress’, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, ‘Deadpool 2’ and ‘Dolemite is my Name’.

Excited about ‘The Power of the Dog’? Catch the new Benedict Cumberbatch movie exclusively on Netflix on Wednesday, December 1.

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