Los Angeles: `Sherlock` star Benedict Cumberbatch is all set to star as Richard III in an upcoming adaptation of William Shakespeare`s play.
The 37-year-old actor will appear in the role as part of the second season of BBC Two`s Shakespeare`s History plays.
`Richard III` is part of a series of Shakespeare`s plays, which also includes `Henry VI` in two parts.
Dominic Cooke, who was artistic director of the Royal Court Theater from 2007 to 2013, will direct all three films.
"I can`t wait to work with Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life," Cumberbatch said.