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Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Richard III

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 26:  Actor Benedict Cumberbatch poses with the Laureus trophy during the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Istana Budaya Theatre on March 26, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images for Laureus)

Sherlock Holmes, Hamlet, Richard III: Add Mr. Bean to the list and Benedict Cumberbatch will have successfully played all of the greatest characters British literature has to offer. The 12 Years a Slave actor has been announced as the lead in a new BBC Two adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III directed by The Royal Court Theatre's Dominic Cooke, hopefully to be followed by a turn in Macbeth, Julius Caesar and, oh let's say, Othello.

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