Benedict Cumberbatch Plays Grieving Father In Chilling New ‘The Child In Time’ Trailer

Benedict Cumberbatch discussed his role in BBC’s “The Child In Time” back in July and a chilling new trailer for the upcoming British television film adaptation has now been unveiled.

The story, based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Ian McEwan, tells the tale of Stephen and his wife Julie (played by Kelly Macdonald), who are attempting to cope with their grief after their young daughter Kate is abducted.

As the trailer asks “Can time heal all wounds?”, it looks like the answer is no for Cumberbatch’s character, the actor being no stranger to playing the mentally tormented in works such as “Hamlet” and “The Imitation Game”.


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The clip comes after Cumberbatch, who also produced the drama, discussed this latest role, describing the part as being “very exposing.”

The 41-year-old was last on our screens earlier this year as sleuth Sherlock Holmes, who is a far cry from his “The Child In Time” character.

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Speaking at the London Film and Comic-Con in July, Cumberbatch was asked whether he found emotional roles harder to play.

The star explained: “No, I think definitely not. That’s always the same challenge no matter what other elements are in there. It’s interesting, like ‘The Child In Our Time’ is a program which I’m very, very proud of which is coming out some time soon.

“It’s the first one we’ve ever done as a production company and that was very much me. I’m not Sherlock, I’m not Doctor Strange, it’s something much nearer me. That was its own challenge because it’s very exposing in a way but also far more accessible, I guess.”

“The Child In Time” is expected to air on Masterpiece on PBS in 2018.

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