I was thinking today (while listening to the audiobook of The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club) that it would really interesting to see Cumberbatch play Lord Peter Wimsey.
I don’t know that this is perfect head casting, but 1) Lord Peter is supposed to have a long, foolish face, but is still devastatingly attractive, which is just what Cumberbatch is (YOUR FACE SHOULDN’T BE SO BEAUTIFUL HOW DOES THIS WORK), and 2) Cumberbatch is a damn fine actor and he would deliver the lines so beautifully and capture the right mannerisms and everything, think.
(these statements are not out of disloyalty to Edward Petherbridge, who I love and adore—he’s a charming man and one of the most elegant yet eccentric looking older men that I’ve ever met, but as much as I enjoy his LPW miniseries it isn’t always 100%)
I generally go with the idea that any casting Peter/Harriet is going to be, at it’s core, unsatisfactory, but having said that: I might be OK with this. I like your style. His proven characterisation of UpperClassTwitOfTheYear would work in his favour, and I have first-hand experience that his stage presence can be EFFING MENACING. I’ll have to peruse those appearances of his where he rocks the blonde. We’ll see how he goes tricked out in WW1 garb in War Horse. (Ditto Hiddles, while we’re at it.). Ahh, head-casting DLS, what a pleasant occupation…
I think it would be fascinating to see what he did with the character—he has the emotional range for it, I think, as well as the face. We went on to establish that Mcfadyen would be a very interesting Bunter, but I completely stalled out when I tried to come up with a good idea for Harriet….
I don’t think any casting could ever be ‘perfect’, except for maybe one person—it will always be best in our heads. I would fall all over myself to see a good stage production of Busman’s Honeymoon, though! And if it had Cumberbatch in it I would probably die of excessive fangirling.