BBC teases Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in "Hollow Crown" miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch appears in a promotional image for the miniseries, "The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses."


We recently learned for the first time how Richard III died, and now we also know how the famed British monarch will look as portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The "Sherlock" star is set to play the historic royal in the ongoing miniseries "The Hollow Crown," and BBC Two offered the public its first look at Cumberbatch in the role Wednesday, as filming on his scenes commences in the U.K.

Cumberbatch appears in the photo riding a black horse in a wooded area while sporting matching garb.

It was also revealed that Cumberbatch's "Sherlock" co-star Andrew Scott has signed on to play King Louis, a rival to Richard III -- the last King of England to die in battle, over 500 years ago.

Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hakwins and Tom Sturridge were also previously announced to appear in upcoming installments of the "Hollow Crown" miniseries, which first began airing in 2012.

The new installments will be divided into three TV movies collectively known as "The Wars of the Roses" -- "Henry VI, Part I," "Henry VI, Part II" and "Richard III" -- all adapted from the similarly-titled history plays written by William Shakespeare.

A release date for the "Richard III" segment has yet to be announced, but the series is expected to be shown to American viewers at some point in 2016 on PBS.

Cumberbatch will next be seen on the big screen in the much-buzzed-about "The Imitation Game," set for release in U.S. theaters on Nov. 21.

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