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The Sherlock star, 38, will play Shakespeare’s infamous king in BBC2 series The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses.
Filming for the three-part adaptation ofHenry VI (both parts) and Richard IIIbegan on Monday, with Cumberbatch seen looking rugged in paparazzi-style pictures leaked on Twitter.
Judi Dench joins Cumberbatch in the new run, after he personally asked her to star alongside him during a live Q&A at the Hay Festival.
“Would you like to be in Richard III with me?” Cumberbatch asked to cheers. “Yeah!”, the actress replied, sealing the deal.
Dench will star as Cecily, Duchess of York in Dominic Cooke’s TV films, executive produced by Bond director Sam Mendes.
Hugh Bonneville, known for playing Robert, Earl of Grantham inDownton Abbey, will star as Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester inHenry VI Part 1, with Oscar-nominee Sally Hawkins as his wife.
Sophie Okonedo and Keeley Hawes will play Queen Margaret and Queen Elizabeth respectively, while Tom Sturridge will star in as yet unconfirmed role.
Ben Whishaw, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons starred in the first Bafta-winning series of The Hollow Crown, which focused on Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V.
Posted on September 28, 2014, in Behind The Scenes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard III and tagged Behind The Scenes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard III. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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