Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Showtime Miniseries Melrose
In a 2013 Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), Benedict Cumberbatch said if he could play any literary character ever, it would be Patrick Melrose. So when Showtime announced Cumberbatch would starring in their five-part miniseries, Melrose, it was not so much a surprise, as a pleasant ‘about time’.
Each episode of Melrose will cover one of the five books in the Patrick Melrose series by Edward St Aubyn. The books are semi-autobiographical and chronicle the life of Patrick Melrose, from 1960s France to 1980s New York to early-2000s Britain. Each book explores a pivotal time in Melrose’s life; from the abuse, he suffered in early childhood, to his time spent as a rich playboy, through his drug and alcohol addiction and his eventual recovery. It sounds dark, but Aubyn tells Melrose’s (and ultimately his own) story with a real sense of humour.
David Nicholls, who most recently wrote the script for 2015 movie Far From The Madding Crowd, has written the script for all five episodes, which will be co-produced by Sky Atlantic and Showtime. The show is still looking for a director, whilst shooting is due to start in August of this year.
Cumberbatch is no stranger to playing a beloved literary figure. Since 2010, he has played the iconic Sherlock Holmes in BBC series Sherlock, which concluded its fourth season earlier this year.
As a huge fan of both the original novels and Benedict Cumberbatch, I am really keen to see him as the scandalously hilarious aristocrat.
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