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Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in 'The Hollow Crown'

The 'Sherlock' actor sports a mane much longer than we're used to seeing him in, but we love it

By Andrea Tim | Published: 3 Oct 2014

Ben as Richard III
Photo: The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

By 'love', we mean to spell it out in capital letters – and then have it bolded and underlined, especially after seeing Benedict Cumberbatch with long, unkempt hair in BBC's upcoming TV film miniseries, The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.

Based on the works of William Shakespeare, this series is the sequel to multi-award winning The Hollow Crown, which aired in 2012. Wars of the Roses is tentatively slated for a 2016 release. The first series had four films and boasted an ensemble cast including Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Patrick Stewart, Rory Kinnear, John Hurt, as well as Harry Potter alum Richard Griffiths, Julie Walters and Clémence Poésy.

Back to why we're here; the latest season will have three films (Henry VI in two parts and Richard III) in which Benedict plays Richard III, King of England. Joining him are Sophie Okonedo, Tom Sturridge, Sherlock co-star Andrew Scott, Michael Gambon and Judi Dench.

The first image of Benedict in character has the man looking like the more rebellious version of Prince Charming you'd immediately fall for, with so much nonchalance as to not be bothered to wear his cape right.

And that hair. That is all.

Related: This is how Benedict Cumberbatch talks when he's tipsy


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