Cumberbatch and McAvoy are joined by Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda"), Natalie Dormer ("The Fades," "Game of Thrones"), and David Harewood ("Homeland") in the six-part radio drama based on Neil Gaiman's 1996 fantasy miniseries.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Wanted" star McAvoy will be playing the lead Richard Mayhew, with Cumberbatch taking the appropriately grandiose role of The Angel Islington. "Buffy The Vampire Slayer's" Anthony Stewart Head will also be lending his voice as Croup while legendary horror actor Christopher Lee will be playing the Earl of Earl’s Court.
Radio 4 will kick off the six-part series with an hour-long installment on Saturday, March 16, continuing with five half-hour episodes on Radio 4 Extra starting March 18.
From the synopsis:
Under the streets of London there’s a world most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre. There’s a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining… And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city.
[Source: Radio Times via Live For Film]