Academy Award-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch is headed back to television for his latest project, toplining an event series for premium cable network Showtime. This weekend, the first trailer was released, giving us a glimpse of Cumberbatch in action as the title character in Patrick Melrose.
The first-part series is based on the semi-autobiographical book series by English author Edward St. Aubyn, featuring an abused aristocrat as he struggles with alcohol and drug addiction.
Each episode will adapt one of the five novels, beginning with 1992’s Never Mind and continuing through to 2012’s conclusion, At Last.
Cumberbatch is only 41 years old but has had a celebrated career with a number of memorable roles, first coming to prominence on the television series, Sherlock.
That show is technically still ongoing, but the busy schedules of Cumberbatch and co-star Martin Freeman have kept any new episodes from being produced.
Since then, Cumberbatch has gone on to star in films like Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit trilogy, and Doctor Strange (in a role he reprised in Thor: Ragnarok and will reprise again in the upcoming Avengers films).
For his role as mathematician Alan Turing in the 2014 film, The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards.
Patrick Melrose features an impressive slate of co-stars opposite Cumberbatch, including Hugo Weaving, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Blythe Danner, and Allison Williams.
Interestingly, the fourth book in the series, Mother’s Milk, was just adapted into a film in 2011, with Pirates of the Caribbean co-star Jack Davenport in the role of Patrick.
There’s no word on a release date for Showtime’s Patrick Melrose, but the show — which spans five decades in the title character’s life — is scheduled to debut sometime later this year. Next up for Cumberbatch is May’s Avengers: Infinity War, followed by a new animated version of The Grinch (in which he voices the title character) this November.