Benedict Cumberbatch to star in adaptation of Ian McEwan’s The Child In Time
Benedict Cumberbatch will star in a new BBC adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel The Child In Time.
The BBC has commissioned a new feature-length television adaptation of the classic 1987 novel, with Cumberbatch in the leading role. It is the second time Cumberbatch has portrayed a character created by McEwan, after appearing as Paul Marshall in the 2007 film Atonement.
The Child In Time tells the story of Stephen Lewis (Cumberbatch), a writer who accidentally loses his young only daughter Kate in a supermarket. The novel deals with Stephen’s grief as the world continues to turn, as well as his meetings with a quantum physicist who challenges his understanding of space and time.
The story will be adapted for screen by The Last Kingdom‘s Stephen Butchard and Marvellous‘ Julian Farino will direct. The drama will be the first produced by Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch TV.
Speaking about The Child In Time, Cumberbatch said: “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.”
McEwan said he was “thrilled” that his novel was being adapted by “such a high-level creative team”.
He applauded Cumberbatch’s performance in Atonement and said: “It’s a great honour to have this actor of such immense resource, experience and subtlety in the lead role of The Child In Time.”