By Ellie Walker-Arnott
Thursday 21 August 2014 at 11:55AM
A host of famous faces will be joining Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch in the second run of Shakespeare adaptations The Hollow Crown.
We already knew that Cumberbatch was poised to play Richard III in The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, a three-parter which will consist of Henry VI parts 1 and 2 and Richard III, but the BBC has now confirmed that he'll be acting alongside stars such as Judi Dench, Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville and Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins.
In Richard III, Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo and Keeley Hawes will star as Cecily, Duchess of York, Queen Margaret and Queen Elizabeth respectively.
Cumberbatch is sure to be pleased that Dench has signed on, after he asked her if she'd join the drama during a live Q&A at Hay Festival.
Henry VI parts 1 and 2 will see Hugh Bonneville play Humphrey, the Duke of Gloucester and Sally Hawkins take on the role of his wife Eleanor, while Tom Sturridge will play an unknown role.
"To have the chance to work with some of Britain’s most talented actors is a dream come true. We couldn't be more delighted to have them on board," said executive producer Pippa Harris.
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