The Daily Mail said producer Sonia Friedman confirmed she was in "active discussions" with Cumberbatch to have the actor play Shakesepeare's Hamlet in a new production to be directed by Lyndsey Turner. Other recent British actors who have played the Melancholy Dane include
"We're at the stage of sorting out schedules concerning him and the director Lyndsey Turner," Friedman told the Daily Mail.
Cumberbatch has barely had time to catch his breath since his last stage appearance two years ago in
In addition to his 2013 projects, he recently completed his third season as the modern-day Sherlock Holmes on the
The actor's representatives could not be reached for comment.