Not long after taking on the the role of Hamlet for a stage production at London’s Barbican Theater, Benedict Cumberbatch scored the role as Richard III in a production of the Shakespearean play that will be adapted into a film for BBC Two. Oddly enough, this comes just days after Cumberbatch’s Sherlock co-star, Martin Freeman, also scored the part as Richard III for the stage production at the Trafalgar Studios. The Hobbit and now this? Can you say best buddies?
Richard III, which will be directed by Dominic Cooke and adapted by Ben Power, will be a co-production between Neal Street Productions, Carnival/NBCUniversal, and WNET, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This film will be adapted from a series of plays, The Hollow Crown, which formerly included the plays Richard II and Henry V.
In a statement about his participation, Cumberbatch said:
“I can’t wait to work with Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life for the BBC and Neal Street Production’s peerless series of Shakespeare’s History plays.”
From dragon, to detective to famous king, it seems like Cumberbatch has almost mastered everything. On the plus side, at least all you Cumberbatch fans get to see that face a little more often. Holla at that!