Weaving, Leigh Join Cumberbatch In “Melrose”

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving and Anna Madeley have joined the cast of Showtime and Sky Atlantic’s event series “Patrick Melrose” starring and executive produced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Based on the acclaimed series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn, each episode will adapt one of the five novels with each covering a decade in the man’s life from the 1960s through to the 2000s.

The story skewers the upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic abusive childhood, through being an outrageous playboy, adult substance abuse, and ultimately recovery.

Leigh and Weaving will star as the parents of the titular character, while Madeley will play his wife. Edward Berger (“Jack”) will helm the series which has been adapted by David Nicholls (“Far From the Madding Crowd”) and will begin shooting in London and the South of France in August.

Source: Showtime