Benedict Cumberbatch, The Hollow Crown

BBC

There may not be more new Sherlock for an uncomfortably long while, but at least we get to see Benedict Cumberbatch's hair the way it's meant to be styled in the meantime.

Long, dark brown and somewhat untamed.

Cumberbatch's rugged look is for the BBC drama The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, part of a three-part saga in which he'll be playing Richard III (so, yeah, viewers of regular American television are out of luck until this hits PBS, but at least it's headed there...air date to be determined).

In the first-look pic, the actor-as-royal sits atop a black stallion. He's dressed in a medieval-era robe, his fur-trimmed fightin' coat draped over his shoulder.

Andrew Scott, Sherlock

BBC

Thumbs up all around!

Adding to the excitement, as if any needed to be added, Cumberbatch is starring opposite Sherlock nemesis Moriarity—aka Irish thesp Andrew Scott—as King Louis in the production from Carnival/NBCUniversal, Sam Mendes' Neal Street Productions and Thirteen.

Judi Dench, Tom Sturridge, Hugh Bonneville, Sophie Okonedo, Sally HawkinsMichael Gambon, Keeley HawesPhilip Glenister and Jason Watkins round out the none-too-shabby cast.

And for those keeping track of the Sherlock cast's dalliances with Shakespeare in the off-season: Martin Freeman, the Watson to Benedict's titular sleuth, starred in Richard III this summer on the London stage. They will have so much to talk about when production finally gets going on Sherlock's fourth season.

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