Benedict Cumberbatch to star in The Child in Time

Benedict Cumberbatch will be starring in a new TV movie for BBC 1 called The Child in Time based on the Ian McEwan novel. It will be a co-production for BBC between Masterpiece for BBC 1 and Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV (SunnyMarch being Benedict’s production company).

Benedict will star and executive produce the 90 minute film. Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom) will adapt the McEwan’s novel and Julian Farino (Ballers, Entourage) will direct.

The film will explore the dark territory of a marriage devastated by the loss of a child. Benedict will play children’s author Stephen Lewis, who must cope with the sudden loss of his daughter, Kate. Kate’s absence sets Stephen and his wife on diverging paths as both struggle with an all-consuming grief. With the passage of time, a balance of sorts returns, until hope surfaces and triumphs unexpectedly.

Benedict commented: “I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me — profound, beautiful, and very moving,” Cumberbatch said. “Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty.”

I’m thrilled to have my novel in the hands of such a high level creative team,” said McEwan. “I have fond memories of Benedict playing a brilliant and key part in the movie adaptation of ‘Atonement.’ Now, it’s a great honour to have this actor of such immense resource, experience and subtlety in the lead role of ‘The Child in Time.’”

If you’d like to read the novel you can buy it on Amazon here or in Kindle form.