The ever-busy Benedict Cumberbatch will be appearing in an adaptation of Ford Madox Ford‘s Parade’s End series of novels.
Cumberbatch will be portraying cuckolded husband Christopher Tietjens, in the drama which begins in the years before World War I.
Cumberbatch seemed like an easy casting choice, but the actor was relatively unknown when the BBC/HBO series was being cast and HBO was hesitant. “Who is this Benedict Cumberbatch?” they asked.
“Trust us, he’s a truly great actor and by the time Parade’s End has come out everyone will have heard of him,” said Director Susanna White. “And of course, now everyone in America has heard of him.”
Parade’s End is the story of a love triangle between Christopher Tietjens, conservative English aristocrat (Cumberbatch), his adulterous socialite wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) and Valentine, a young “spirited” suffragette played by Adelaide Clemens.
The five-part series will be broadcast on both sides of the Atlantic.