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Benedict Cumberbatch & Rebecca Hall To Star In HBO Mini-Series 'Parade's End'

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 3, 2011 8:00 AM
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As we reported earlier today, Benedict Cumberbatch had to bow out of Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina," but believe us, he has a good reason for what sounds like yet another first rate television project.

The Daily Mail revealed that Cumberbatch will be co-starring with Rebecca Hall in the five-part series, "Parade's End," that will air on BBC and HBO. Based on the book by Ford Madox Ford, the story is set against the backdrop of WWI and follows "Christopher Tietjens (Cumberbatch), a top civil servant from a background of wealth and privilege, whose marriage flounders almost as soon as it begins...he falls in love with another woman, but he remains honourable for some considerable time to Sylvia (Hall)" who has several affairs. On top of this, Chris is dealing with shell shock and partial memory loss that he endures during the war. The story spans ten years with Cumberbatch said to virtually appear in almost every scene from beginning to end."

As if that isn't enticing enough, Susanna White, who helmed the acclaimed "Generation Kill," will be the behind the camera for the production that will shoot in the U.K., France and Belgium. And oh yeah, Tom Stoppard -- who also penned "Anna Karenina" -- wrote the script. Can we set our Tivo's for this in advance?

Cumberbatch is angling for a helluva breakout year with Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" and he's already been earning praise for his turn in Danny Boyle's stage production of "Frankenstein." As for Hall, you should already know how we feel about her (one of the best actresses working these days, period). No word yet on when it will hit the cable networks but a mid-or-late 2012 bow would be a safe guess.

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6 Comments

  • belindatheblonde | May 30, 2012 1:06 AMReply

    I am salivating!!! The book is amazing and look at that cast! DAYUM!

  • raha | June 5, 2011 9:09 AMReply

    hi friends...
    good discussion!!!!I just want to say that i desirous success for him and i agree with whatever was said about our generation!!!

  • Lilihall | June 5, 2011 1:19 AMReply

    debdessaso, He does remind me of Day-Lewis. Both are very very fine actors of...well, any generation. I would say one of the best, not THE best though. Would love to see them in the same film as well.

  • debdessaso | June 4, 2011 5:04 AMReply

    Benedict is indeed the best actor of his generation--though I won't say of ANY generation, at least not yet. Previous generations have had their share of great actors (e.g. Guiness, Olivier, Branaugh). Mine generation had (and still has) Daniel Day-Lewis, who is a favorite of mine. This generation has its very own Benedict (who reminds me of Day-Lewis). I love his portrayal of Sherlock, I can hardly wait to see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, especially since I love the mini-series and the character of Peter Guillam, who Benedict will play in the movie. My idea of the perfect movie would star both Benedict and Daniel!

  • dasani | June 4, 2011 3:35 AMReply

    sarah, I couldn't agree with you more!

  • sarah | June 3, 2011 10:39 AMReply

    Cumberbatch is the best actor of his generation - hell any generation. He's very versatile at home in comedy and drama. I love seeing all the girls go nuts for him on tumblr. Its about time he became a huge world wide star.

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