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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch Narrates Jerusalem, New Theatrical Release from National Geographic Cinema Ventures


Written by: National Geographic Cinema Ventures
Date: May 23, 2013

The film tells the stories of real-life inhabitants and archaeologists exploring the enduring appeal of the ancient city.


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WASHINGTON (May 23, 2013) -- National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV) announced today that the film "Jerusalem," releasing this fall, will feature narration by actor and star of the new "Star Trek" movie Benedict Cumberbatch. The film, which tells the stories of real-life inhabitants and archaeologists exploring the enduring appeal of the ancient city, will be available in 3-D and 2-D, 15/70 film and digital formats for giant, dome and flat screens when it is released worldwide in September 2013.

Cumberbatch, who plays villain John Harrison in "Star Trek into Darkness," is a film, television and theater actor whose other notable roles include Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama "Hawking," Paul Marshall in "Atonement," Major Stewart in "War Horse" and Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series "Sherlock." He will play WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the highly anticipated film "The Fifth Estate," slated for release in November 2013.

"We have been excited about this film from the very beginning," said National Geographic's Mark Katz, president of NGCV Distribution. "Now, in addition to the stunning visuals and captivating story, we have the perfect person to guide the audience through this cinematic journey. Benedict Cumberbatch is a great addition to 'Jerusalem,' and we couldn't be happier to have him as part of this extraordinary project."

"Jerusalem" is an original production from Cosmic Picture and Arcane Pictures, which celebrates one of the world's oldest and most enigmatic cities. The 45-minute, giant-screen film gives audiences a rare tour of the storied city as well as exclusive access to iconic holy sites and little-known parts of the region. Aside from the breathtaking scenery, "Jerusalem" explores some of the surprising intersections among Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which come together in this sacred city.

About National Geographic Cinema Ventures
National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV) is responsible for production and distribution of giant screen, 3-D and specialty films. Over the last decade, NGCV has produced or released a number of successful films, including Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo"; giant-screen, award-winning films "Flying Monsters," "Meerkats," "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure," "U2 3D," "Mysteries of Egypt" and "Forces of Nature"; and feature-length films "The Last Lions" and "Life in a Day." Lisa Truitt is president of NGCV, and Mark Katz is president of NGCV Distribution.

About Cosmic Picture
Cosmic Picture was founded by Taran Davies and Dominic Cunningham-Reid to produce dynamic giant-screen and theatrical films to entertain and educate audiences about culture, faith, history, science and the environment. Cosmic Picture's last film was the award-winning IMAX feature documentary "Journey to Mecca." For more information, visit

About Arcane Pictures
Founded by George Duffield and Meg Thomson, Arcane Pictures' mission is to make powerful and moving films. Arcane is at the forefront of combining documentaries and the power of cinema to change the world. Its most recent film, "The End of the Line," won the inaugural Puma Creative Impact prize for the documentary that achieves the largest social impact in the world. It continues to alter overfishing policies worldwide. For more information, visit


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