It might be the end of the road for Sherlock, but Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t quite ready to leave television behind just yet.
In fact, the Oscar-nominated actor has signed on to star in a limited series for Showtime based on the works of British author Edward St. Aubyn.
Melrose will take place over five episodes, covering the five novels St. Aubyn has featured the character Patrick Melrose. They include Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother’s Milk and At Last, which are based on the author’s life growing up in a “highly dysfunctional upper-class English family.”
St. Aubyn had a difficult childhood. His father reportedly raped him as a young boy, while his mother – who descended from American wealth, never interfered in the abuse, despite knowing it was taking place.
Cumberbatch will play Melrose in the series, as the character progresses from Never Mind to At Last.
The actor is busy with two projects right now – as Doctor Strange Avengers: Infinity War, and as another scientific mind Thomas Edison in The Current War opposite fellow Oscar nominee Michael Shannon. Cumberbatch also is set to reprise his Doctor Strange character for Thor: Ragnarok in November.
David Nicholls, the author and screenwriter behind the 2011 Anne Hathaway film One Day, will adapt all five episodes in Melrose. No directors have been lined up quite yet, but The Hollywood Reporter suggests the series could go more “auteur,” in the same vein as HBO’s True Detective.
Cumberbatch received his Oscar nomination in 2015 for The Imitation Game, and won an Emmy in 2014 for Sherlock. He was nominated two other times for that series, as well as a separate Emmy nod for Parade’s End in 2013.
Showtime has not released any type of schedule on when the series could go into production, or when we might see it. But those looking to see Cumberbatch pop up on Showtime will probably have to wait until at least 2018.
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