Judi Dench agrees to Cumberbatch casting plea

Dame Judi Dench agreed to star in a BBC adaptation of Richard III after a public plea from Benedict Cumberbatch. The veteran actress was taking part in a question and answer session at the Hay Festival in Powys, Wales when the Sherlock star - who will take on the title role in the drama this autumn - jumped at the chance to pin her down to the project following lengthy rumors he was keen to have her on board to play Queen Margaret in the Shakespearean tale. Benedict asked: ''Would you like to be in 'Richard III' with me?'' After a lengthy theatrical pause, Judi replied: ''Yeah.'' The actor joined the Skyfall star on stage for a mini performance of a number of Shakespeare plays, including Twelfth Night and Antony and Cleopatra.

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