Benedict Cumberbatch to star in new WWI drama
- Bang Showbiz
- 3 June 2011
Benedict Cumberbatch is to star in new World War I drama 'Parade's End', a BBC adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's popular World War I novels
Benedict Cumberbatch is to star in new World War I drama 'Parade's End'.
The 'Sherlock' actor will play Christopher Tietjens - the husband of Golden Globe-nominated actress Rebecca Hall - in the BBC's adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's popular World War I novels.
With the five-hour drama documenting the life of civil servant Christopher - who is shell-shocked and suffering memory loss after the war - and his devastation as his marriage to wife Sylvia begins to unravel.
Despite also starring in 'Lord Of The Rings' prequel 'The Hobbit', Benedict told the Daily Mail newspaper: "I couldn't turn 'Parade's End' down."
Sir Tom Stoppard, who adapted Ford's four novels for the upcoming TV series, explained he was "thoroughly excited" about working with BAFTA award-winning director Susanna White.
He said: "I had never read Ford's novel before the BBC came to me with the idea of adapting it, but I fell in love with it. 'Parade's End' has been my main pre-occupation since then - I spent about 18 months on the dramatisation of the novel.
"I confess I feel a bit proud of it, and now that Susanna White has come on board to direct the series I'm thoroughly excited about it."