From Sherlock Holmes, to Doctor Strange, to real-life mathematician Alan Turing, actor Benedict Cumberbatch can do it all. The beloved Brit has amassed a devoted following of fans over his illustrious career, and he’s about to take on a new role that will definitely add more viewers to the Cumberbatch Club.
The Emmy winner is set to star in Melrose, a new series on SHOWTIME that will air in 2018. The five-part series will be based on author Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels, including the titles Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, At Last and Mothers Milk, which was made into a film in 2012.
The series, which “hilariously skewers the upper class,” stars Cumberbatch as Melrose, “an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned the behavior.”
Each episode will focus on one of the five semi-autobiographical novels released by St. Aubyn, taking Cumberbatch’s character from France in the 1960s, to New York in the 1980s, to London in the 2000s. Filming on location is scheduled to begin in August, with Cumberbatch also signed on to be an Executive Producer.
Of course, the announcement of Melrose is a bit of a cause for concern for Sherlock fans, with the fate of the fifth season still unknown. But, let’s stay calm.
Try to focus on what’s really important.
We’re still getting more Cumberbatch on our screens.
In our living rooms.
In our hearts.