Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch to play Richard III for BBC
His Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman will tackle the same role on stage
The British actor, 37, will star as the infamous monarch in the second TV series of Shakespeare’s History Plays, the broadcaster confirmed in a tweet.
The new BBC adaptation will be produced by the Bafta-winning team behind The Hollow Crown, including Sam Mendes, with Dominic Cooke directing in his screen debut.
“I can’t wait to work with (director) Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life,” Cumberbatch told The Telegraph.
Executive producer Pippa Harris praised Cumberbatch’s “range and dexterity as an actor” which she claimed make him “the perfect choice to bring one of Shakespeare’s towering characters to television”.
BBC’s drama controller Ben Stephenson added that he is “one of the world’s most brilliant and in-demand actors”.
Cumberbatch too will soon appear on the London stage, playing Hamlet at the Barbican in 2015.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
- 5 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
The Interview makes £9.6m in online rentals and downloads in a matter of days
Diana West End play 'suggests James Hewitt could be Prince Harry’s father'
Game of Thrones named most-pirated TV show of 2014
Exodus: Gods and Kings banned in the UAE over 'religious mistakes'
Marilyn Manson breaks silence on Lana Del Rey rape clip: 'I wouldn't make a video of that nature'
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Douglas Carswell tells Ukip to stop blaming foreigners as youth poll shows Nigel Farage is even less popular than Nick Clegg