Cumberbatch will star in and executive produce Melrose, a mini based on the fictional works of author and journalist Edward St. Aubyn. He’ll play the titular character, Patrick Melrose, whose been the focus of five novels — including the the 2006 Man Booker Prize winning Mother’s Milk.
It’s another international match-up for Showtime. The stateside pay cable network is producing the series with Sky Atlantic, a second collaboration after the upcoming John Ridley and Idris Elba effort Guerrilla. One Day author and screenwriter David Nicholls is set to adapt all five installments, with each episode focusing on a different one of St. Aubyn’s Melrose books. The character is described as an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy struggling with considerable parent issues.
Showtime Networks CEO and president David Nevins announced the news on Tuesday.
“We are delighted to be part of this incredible series,” said Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland, who’ll produce under their SunnyMarch shingle. “We have been huge fans of these books for many years and David Nicholls adaptations are extraordinary.”