Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for playing Sherlock Holmes on BBC’s Sherlock, is in advanced talks to play Hamlet.
Although nothing has been officially confirmed, it looks very likely that Cumberbatch will take the role. The actor is in advanced discussions with commercial producer Sonia Friedman, according to The Guardian. When asked in 2005 what role he would most like to play he answered “Hamlet, obviously.”
The Hollywood actor is no stranger to the stage; he won an Olivier Award and a Critic’s Circle Theatre Award for his portrayal of Frankenstein (and his monster) in the 2011 play of the same name.
If it goes ahead, the production will be helmed by acclaimed director Lyndsey Turner, known for her recent geopolitical play Chimerica. Friedman told The Daily Mail “We’re at the stage of sorting out schedules concerning him and the director Lyndsey Turner.
“Key to those talks is West End theatre availability, or availability of a non-traditional theatre space to present the play.”