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Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch, the acclaimed star of Sherlock and villainous lead in Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, will soon be playing King Richard III for BBC 2.

The announcement was made earlier today by the BBC on their twitter feed.

Sam Mendes, director of Skyfall and American Beauty, will be executive producing the project, which will be written by Ben Power and will also serve as the screen directorial debut for Dominic Cooke, the artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre.

Martin Freeman, Cumberbatch's co-star in Sherlock, is currently playing Richard III onstage in London.

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