Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Gypsy Boy

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in Gypsy Boy – an adaptation of Mikey Walsh’s best selling memoirs. Benedict will play Mikey’s father – a boxer and a member of the last generation of the Romany Gypsy people.

Benedict stated: I was immediately drawn to Mikey’s courageous and heart-breaking story. And his father Frank is unlike any character I’ve played before,” Cumberbatch said in a statement. “He’s a complex man torn between tradition and his love for a son struggling to come to terms with an identity that’s completely at odds with Frank and his culture.

Gypsy Boy is set to go into production next summer. It will be directed by Morgan Matthews (X+Y) and adapted by James Graham (who wrote the brilliant play This House).