Benedict Cumberbatch is a man of many roles: he has played the world's greatest fictional detective, a superhero, a fire-breathing dragon … and now he's set to play a puppeteer.
The actor will headline Netflix's next, a thriller series penned by "The Iron Lady" and "Suffragette" writer Abi Morgan, from "Chernobyl" producer "Sister" and a stellar cast has been roped in. The six-part limited series follows Cumberbatch as Vincent Anderson, a famous puppeteer who struggles to come to terms with his son having gone missing.
Here's everything we know about the show so far.
What We Know About The Story Of Eric
"Eric" is set in 1980s-era New York and follows the "desperate search of a father when his nine-year-old son disappears one morning on the way to school." Cumberbatch plays Vincent, one of Manhattan's most popular puppeteers, with a children's television show of his own. His character struggles to cope with the loss of his son Edgar, and in an attempt to bring him back home, he clings to his son's drawings of a blue monster puppet that he believed lived under his bed.
Terrorized by the guilt surrounding his son's disappearance, Vincent engages in progressively volatile behavior, and his destructive attitude isolates him from his family and colleagues. He convinces himself that if he can bring Eric the puppet on television, his young son might return home. The synopsis further describes Eric as "a delusion of necessity, who becomes Vincent's only ally in the pursuit to bring his son home."
The series already feels eerie and one-of-a-kind — just the kind of project we'd expect Cumberbatch to get his hands on. Writer Abi Morgan described the show as "a dark and crazy journey into the heart of 1980's New York, and the good, bad and ugly world of Vincent." "Eric" is expected to be a tense thriller and an "intimate portrait of a delusional father" who will go to any lengths to look for his child.
What We Know About The Cast And Crew Of Eric
Benedict Cumberbatch headlines the show as the "charismatic yet narcissistic" Vincent Anderson, who neglects his wife Cassie and their son Edgar. Vincent is shaping up to be quite a gray character, and it'll be interesting to see how the "Sherlock" star will tackle the role. Gaby Hoffmann ("Field of Dreams," "Sleepless in Seattle") plays the actor's on-screen wife, Cassie, who struggles with her husband's "womanizing and volatile" behavior. Young actor Ivan Morris Howe plays their nine-year-old son Edgar, who is described as "artistic yet deeply withdrawn from the world."
Other cast members include McKinley Belcher III ("Mercy Street," "Ozark,") who portrays leading detective Michael Ledroit, and Dan Fogler plays Lennie Wilson, Vincent's best friend, colleague, and fellow puppeteer. George Lovette plays Clarke Peters, Phoebe Nicholls ("The Elephant Man") stars as Anne Anderson, and David Denman ("The Office") plays Matteo Cripp. Wade Allain-Marcus ("Insecure," "Snowfall") plays club owner Ali Gator. Also joining the cast are Bamar Kane, who stars as Yuusuf Egbe, Adepero Odyue, who will play Cecile Rochelle, Alexis Molnar, as Raya, and Roberta Colindrez will play Ronnie.
There's no news about the show's trailer or release date yet, but you can watch this space for more information in the future!
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