Benedict Cumberbatch is returning to the small screen.
The actor is producing and starring in a 90-minute TV movie adapted Ian McEwan's award-winning novel "The Child in Time," Deadline reports. Cumberbatch is reteaming with BBC One and Masterpiece, who are also behind "Sherlock," which recently aired its fourth season.
In "The Child in Time," Cumberbatch will play Stephen Lewis, a successful children's book author whose daughter goes missing. Losing their child drives a wedge between Stephen and his wife as they take diverging paths in their struggle with grief. The story is described as a "lyrical and heartbreaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen."
One of Cumberbatch's first film roles was in the McEwan adaptation "Atonement."
In a statement, the actor said of "The Child's Time," "I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me — profound, beautiful and very moving. Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty. We're very excited to have Stephen Butchard's subtle and brilliant adaptation, and in Julian Farino we have an extraordinary director who delivers emotional truth. I'm so proud 'The Child In Time' will be the first drama produced by SunnyMarch TV."
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