First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Hollow Crown' Sequel, Also Starring Andrew Scott

Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses'

Cumberbatch's 'Sherlock' nemesis will star as King Louis

Benedict Cumberbatch has begun filming his role as Richard III in upcoming BBC drama The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.

In an announcement made Wednesday (along with the first look, included above), it was revealed that Andrew Scott who plays Cumberbatch's Sherlock nemesis, Moriarty — would be joining the cast as King Louis, alongside others including Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister and Jason Watkins.

The three-part series, a co-production by Downton Abbey creator Carnival/NBCUniversal, Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions and Thirteen, follows on from 2012’s BAFTA-award winning The Hollow Crown, which starred Tom Hiddleston and Ben Whishaw, and will conclude the dramatization of Shakespeare’s History Plays. It will air on PBS in the U.S. and BBC2 in the U.K., although a date is yet to be announced.

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Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville, Sophie Okonedo, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge are also in the principal cast, as first announced in August.

"After the critical and popular success of the first part of The Hollow Crown — and seven years after we very first suggested the idea to the BBC — I am delighted to announce the start of principal photography on the second half of this magnificent epic story," said Mendes in a statement.

"Yet again we have assembled an amazing cast — led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville, and Sophie Okonedo, amongst many others — under the direction of the hugely talented Dominic Cooke. I'm very excited indeed to see them all bring the rest of this astonishing story to life."

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