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15 Stars to Watch in 2013

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Benedict Cumberbatch

Will 2013 be the Year of Cumberbatch? The 36-year-old star of the critically acclaimed BBC series "Sherlock" is poised to become a megastar in the U.S. In May, Cumberbatch will star as the villain in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek Into Darkness." The actor also plays the voice of the dragon Smaug and a character called The Necromancer in the second and third installments of "The Hobbit" series. In between, Benedict will appear in the films "August: Osage County," which co-stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, and "Twelve Years a Slave," which co-stars Brad Pitt.—XFINITY Entertainment Staff (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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