BBC Two has rounded out the cast for the second run of The Hollow Crown.
Judi Dench (James Bond), Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty) and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) have joined the cast of the three-part drama, which stars Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III.
The second run of The Hollow Crown, subtitled The Wars of the Roses, was announced by BBC Director General Tony Hall back in March and follows on from the success of The Hollow Crown back in 2012. This new run consists of three parts – the two-part adaptation of Henry VI and an adaptation of Richard III.
Judi Dench has been cast as Cecily, the Duchess of York; Keeley Hawes will play Queen Elizabeth; while Hugh Bonneville will portray Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester. The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses also stars Sophie Okonedo as Queen Margaret, Sally Hawkins as Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester and Tom Sturridge as Henry VI.
The three adaptations that comprise The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses were adapated by Ben Power and are being directed Dominic Cooke. Neal Street Productions and NBCUniversal’s Carnival Films’ are producing with David Horn, Gareth Neame, Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown serving as executive producers.
“Building on the critical success of The Hollow Crown, this extraordinary cast and production team will raise the bar of British drama once more and build on BBC Two’s reputation for distinctive drama”, said Ben Stephenson, the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning.