Benedict Cumberbatch

Dr. Strange is hitting DVD, while Sherlock just finished series four. Never fear, Benedict Cumberbatch fans, the actor will be back on screens soon, as he continues to be one of the hardest working actors alive today.

February 28th, Showtime announced the network had picked up Melrose, a series based on Edward St. Aubyn’s novels. Deadline reports the five episode series will feature Benedict Cumberbatch as a Patrick Melrose, “an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father…”.

Not only will each episode closely follow a different novel, it will “…Take place over the course of a few intense days in the life of the protagonist”.

While Showtime announced Cumberbatch as the star, the actor is also heavily involved behind the camera. As a matter of fact, Cumberbatch will also serve as an Executive Producer on the project. Deadline quotes Cumberbatch, “We have been fans of these books for many years, and David Nicholls’ adaptations are extraordinary”.

David Nicholls penned each of the five episodes. Nicholls is best known for writing One Day in 2011 starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. He then penned the 2015 period piece, Far From the Maddening Crowd.

Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch will return to screens in late 2017 with roles in The Current War, as well as Thor: Ragnarok.

Melrose begins filming in August. While a premiere date has not been announced, stay tuned for details as they emerge.


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