Hugo Weaving, Jennifer Jason Leigh to Play Benedict Cumberbatch’s Parents in Limited Series “Patrick Melrose”


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Oscar-nominated actress (The Hateful Eight) and (The Matrix trilogy) have joined the cast of , a new limited series from Showtime and Sky Atlantic that will star Benedict Cumberbatch, it was announced Monday.

Based on the acclaimed series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn, Patrick Melrose skewers the upper class as it tracks the title character’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery.

With each episode devoted to one of the five novels, the series will encompass the saga of Patrick’s life, from his horribly abusive youth at the hands of his father (Weaving) and the mother (Leigh) who tacitly condones the behavior, to the outrageous playboy he becomes and the struggles he endures to defy the damage of his own past. The sweeping limited series will journey to the South of France in the 1960s, in the 1980s and Britain in the early 2000’s.

While Weaving and Leigh will play Cumberbatch’s parents, Anna Madeley has also joined the cast as his wife.

David Nicholls (Far From the Madding Crowd) is writing all five episodes of the adaptation, which will be directed by Edward Berger (Deutchland 83). Production will start in August in both London and the South of France.

Cumberbatch is also an executive on the series along with his SunnyMarch partner Adam Ackland, as well as Michael Jackson of Two Cities and Rachael Horovitz (Moneyball).

Leigh previously recurred on Showtime’s Weeds and currently appears in the network’s limited series Twin Peaks. Her memorable film credits include The Hateful Eight, Margot at the Wedding and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and she’ll soon be seen alongside Robert Pattinson in the indie drama Good Time.

In addition to playing Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy and Elrond in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Weaving’s feature credits include Hacksaw Ridge, The Hobbit, Cloud Atlas, Captain America: The First Avenger and V for Vendetta.

Madeley has had an extensive on the British stage and on television, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC.  Most recently, she appeared on The Crown. 

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