Benedict Cumberbatch in the cast of the HBO limited series “Londongrad”

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Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as the poisoned KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko for a new HBO limited series, Londongrad. Variety was the first to report the news.

Alexander Litvinenko was a KGB agent who defected and was later killed by poisoning in 2006 with the radioactive isotope polonium-210 in England.

The series is based on Alan Cowell’s book, The terminal spy. David Scarpa will write the screenplay and executive production, with Bryan Fogel directing and also executive production through Orwell Productions. Len Amato of Crash & Salvage and Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland and Claire Marshall under their Sunnymarch banner will also serve as executive producers.

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Cumberbatch is no stranger to television, his career has kept a balance between television and film since his huge breakout role on the BBC Sherlock, although many incredible performances preceded this series. His television career includes three seasons of Sherlock, the Patrick Melrose limited series based on the semi-autobiographical novels of Edward St. Aubyn, and the 5-episode series from 2012 The end of the parade.

The actor currently has two films released in the last two months of this year, The power of the dog for Netflix and Louis Wain’s electric life for Prime Video / BBC. He will also reprise his role as Dr. Stephen Strange in the standalone sequel. Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness, which was recently postponed to May 6, 2022.

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