Benedict Cumberbatch has entered into final negotiations to star in the Netflix limited series ‘Eric.’
Set in 80’s New York, the six-episode series would see Cumberbatch take on the role of Vincent Sullivan, the lead puppet maker and puppeteer of America’s most popular children’s show, whose life begins to unravel when his young son, Edgar, disappears. Now homeless and dealing with substance addiction, Vincent finds his only companion is Eric, a seven-foot-tall blue puppet, who leads him on a journey to find his son and find a way home.
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The series comes from the creative mind of Abi Morgan who writes and executive produces the project. Jane Featherstone, Lucy Dyke, and Carolyn Strauss of Sister will also executive produce, with Lucy Forbes (“The End of the F***ing World,” “This Is Going to Hurt”) directing. Morgan executive produces via Little Chick.
Cumberbatch has previously starred in Showtime’s ‘Patrick Melrose,’ based on the semi-autobiographical novels of Edward St Aubyn. He is currently also linked to the HBO limited series ‘Londongrad,’ based on the true story of poisoned KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko.