Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will both be taking on the role of Shakespeare’s greatest villain this year. It was announced over the weekend that Martin Freeman will play Richard III at Trafalgar Studios. The play will be directed by Jamie Lloyd, director of Trafalgar’s production of Macbeth that starred James McAvoy. Benedict had just announced he will be taking on the role Hamlet for the Barbican in 2015.
Now BBC Two has announced a new film adaptation of Richard III with Benedict in the lead role. The BBC Two production comes from the same team as the brilliant Hollow Crown series and will be directed by Olivier Award-winner Dominic Cooke.
Benedict said: ”I can’t wait to work with Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life for the BBC and Neal Street Production’s peerless series of Shakespeare’s History plays.” The creative team at Neal Street Productions includes Sam Mendes who is an executive producer for Shakespeare’s History Plays.