Benedict Cumberbatch to star in new WWI drama

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 June 2011
Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

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."

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1. benedictalina4 Jun 2011, 11:56pm Report

Great, more Benedict. I'm sure he will do justice to this role as he always does. Not only the best looking man on earth but also the best actor.

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