Some casting announcements just beg for the hottest of takes.
Benedict Cumberbatch, a man so posh and white that he sweats caviar, has been announced as the star of an adaptation of Mikey Walsh’s memoir G***y Boy.
Do you see where this is going? Cumberbatch, who has previously bemoaned the difficulties of being posh, will play, according to Variety, ‘a demanding father and a member of the last generation of the Romany boxers, known for their ability to fight.’ Yup, seems legit. I mean, when you look at Cumberbatch, an otter with blood so blue it makes the sky jealous, you just see the rawness of a working class Romany boxer, don’t you?
Cumberbatch, a man so posh his mum told him to change his surname so he wouldn’t be chased up for reparations from the descendants of the slaves his family owned, has actor range, but I’m not sure Romani falls under that, and that doesn’t even cover the boxing angle.
G***y Boy was a Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller in the UK. The film will be directed by Morgan Matthews and written by James Graham.