Judi Dench to Join Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses’

By Kitin Miranda | 3 years ago
Judi Dench to Join Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses’
Judi Dench at the BAFTAs at the Royal Opera House in London.February 11, 2007. Wikimedia Commons/Wmc

Shakespeare will take another turn on television as BBC Two will be creating another round of Shakespeare’s historical plays entitled “The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.” According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the series will be starring a powerhouse cast including Dame Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch and other British stars in the series. Read on to learn more about this story.

Judi Dench will be portraying Cecily, the Duchess of York, while Benedict Cumberbatch will be portraying the titular Richard III. This comes after the announcement of other actresses and actors who have snagged roles in the project.

THR also reported that BBC Two’s “The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses” will feature two of Shakespeare’s historical plays, which will be divided into three movies, “Richard III” and “Henry VI,” which will be in two parts.  This series will be the sequel to BBC Two’s “The Hollow Crown,” which aired in 2012. “The Hollow Crown” featured the first batch of Shakespeare’s historical plays that starred Jeremy Irons (Henry IV), Tom Hiddleston (Prince Hal) and Ben Whishaw (King Richard).

Actress Sophie Okenedo will be portraying Queen Margaret in the trilogy, while fellow actress Keeley Hawes will be portraying Queen Elizabeth in “Richard III.”

In the second part of “Henry VI,” Tom Sturridge was tapped to play as the titular Henry VI in the two-part movie deal in the movie “Henry VI.” On the other hand, “Downton Abbey’s” Hugh Bonneville will portray Humphrey, the Duke of Gloucester in the first part of “Henry VI.”

“Richard III” tells the story of Richard, the younger brother of King Edward IV, who aspires to inherit to the throne. He doesn’t allow anyone to stand in his way  and manipulates those whom he can use and kills those who get in his way. “Henry VI” is a play that was written in three parts. It follows the reign of King Henry VI and all the conflicts within the nobility that ultimately led to the War of the Roses.

And that’s all for the cast update of BBC Two’s “The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.” For more news and updates on “The Hollow Crown: The Wawrs of the Roses” and other television shows, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.