"I do feel slightly more invincible when I leap around on a wire, punching the shit out of people. I’m like 'Yeeaaah, I'm strong. I can do this.'. I sort of walk into the club going like ‘YEEAHHHHH’.” *audience laughs* “And you fuckers go *high pitched* 'AWWWWWW'.”
IT IS the mysterious case of Sherlock Holmes and their parallel careers: Benedict Cumberbatch is to star as Richard III in a television film while Martin Freeman is preparing to play the hunchback king on stage.
Cumberbatch, who has appeared as Holmes in three series of the BBC drama Sherlock, has been cast as the last Plantagenet ruler in a film to be shown on BBC2 next year. Freeman, who plays Dr Watson, will portray the monarch in London from July.
BBC Two has commissioned a further 3 filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s History plays from Neal Street Productions; Henry VI (in 2 parts) and Richard III
Reuniting the creative team at Neal Street Productions, including Sam Mendes, who were behind the BAFTA award-winning The Hollow Crown films
The films are co-produced by Neal Street Productions with Carnival Films/NBCU
Dominic Cooke (former Artistic Director of The Royal Court theatre) will direct all 3 films. This will be his first time directing for screen
Ben Power (Associate Director of The National Theatre), who previously did the screenplays for Richard II and Henry V, has adapted the plays for the screen
Executive producers are Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown for Neal Street productions and Gareth Neame for Carnival/NBCU
Rupert Ryle-Hodges will produce again