Benedict Cumberbatch is Alexander Litvinenko in Londongrad
Looks like Benedict Cumberbatch has another project coming. The British actor is all set to star in another limited series this time. He will be seen in HBO‘s upcoming limited series Londongrad. The actor will be playing the role based on the true story of the KGB agent, Alexander Litvinenko. Currently, the mini-series is in development. Cumberbatch will be the lead role of the KGB agent who was poisoned by radioactive isotope Polonium-210 in 2006.
The series is being written by David Scarpa, who wrote the scripts of the movies such as All The Money in the World, The Day Earth stood Still, and also upcoming movie Kitbag. Bryan Fogel will direct the series. Cumberbatch, Fogel, and Scarpa will also be executive producing the series as well. Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to playing roles in biopics. He is known for his roles in The Imitation Game, The Current War, Hawking, The Fifth Estate, Balck Mass, and many more. He is best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in BBC’s Sherlock Holmes.
Adaptation from the book The Terminal Spy
The series will be based on the book The Terminal Spy by Alan Cowell. The book describes the life of the Russian agent and how he was poisoned. Alexander Litvinenko sipped tea in a Millennium Mayfair Hotel near the American Embassy in London. The tea was actually poisoned with Polonium-210. Twenty-two days later he died. The book focuses on the people who are accused of involvement in his murder.
He became one of the most high-profile cases of mysterious deaths. He criticized the Russian Government, which was at that time too was run by Vladimir Putin. The mystery behind his murder is revealed to be more shocking. The book encompasses the life and death of the agent and how the Russian Government reacted to it.