Benedict Cumberbatch takes centre stage in the latest instalment of BBC Shakespeare series The Hollow Crown.
Titled The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, Benedict will star alongside Dame Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville and Sophie Okonedo.
The Sherlock star will be leading the cast as Richard III in the show as the UK celebrates Shakespeare's 800th birthday.
The story will follow Richard III's descent into madness and tracks his life from childhood.
Writer Dominic Cook, while talking to The Express, said of the king, “He’s quite monstrous, he ends up murdering children in the plays. He’s a psychopath. There’s no two ways about it: he’s a psychopath.
“But why did he become like that? There’s a story that leads up to that."
He later added: “There are some incidents he witnesses as a child that are horrific and contribute to him becoming a human being who is not able to empathise with other human beings.”
This new collection will be sure to delight Sherlock fans as Benedict, 39, reunites with Andrew Scott — who plays nemesis Moriarty on the hit BBC show.
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