News! Benedict Cumberbatch To Lead & EP Netflix’s ‘Eric’ From Abi Morgan & Sister By Max Goldbart
February 3, 2023
Benedict Cumberbatch is to lead and EP Netflix’s Eric, playing a puppeteer whose son goes missing in 1980s Manhattan.
Netflix has set cast on the Abi Morgan-penned show from Chernobyl producer Sister and the likes of Gaby Hoffman, McKinley Belcher II, Dan Fogler and Phoebe Nicholls will star opposite Cumberbatch. Cast is rounded out by Clarke Peters, Ivan Morris Howe, David Denman, Bamar Kane, Adepero Odyue, Alexis Molnar and Roberta Colindrez.
The six-parter follows Vincent Anderson (Cumberbatch), a grief-stricken puppeteer on a leading TV show whose young boy goes missing and who finds solace through his friendship with Eric, the monster that lives under his son’s bed. The Split scribe Morgan’s Little Chick is producing with Sister and Morgan EPing alongside Cumberbatch, Jane Featherstone, Lucy Dyke and Lucy Forbes.
This is from Abi Morgan's production company. She expands a little on the plot. The director also posted an image of the deadline article. I think they were waiting for the announcement and that's why they were hiding the name.
I thought there were 3 episodes not 6. That's why production is going to take so long.
I haven’t watched C’mon C’mon but Gaby Hoffman received extraordinary reviews for that. Very interesting and exciting cast in general.
Also I rewatched the first part of the Tsunami miniseries by Morgan and the production values aren’t great, especially compared to the much more expensive The Impossible or Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, but the script is wonderful. The relationship between Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sophie Okonedo characters is just so painful to watch and it probably will be similar to what we will see between BC and Hoffman considering their characters also lost a child.
Ha! It seems he has multiple personalities (by the way, a very disputed disorder that had its cenit in popular culture during the 1980s): Vincent, Victor, Sullivan, Anderson…”
By the way, the official press release is on Netflix. It’s the same paragraphs reported by outlets but I will post this,
Creator, Writer & Executive Producer Abi Morgan said: “Eric is a dark and crazy journey into the heart of 1980’s New York, and the good bad and ugly world of Vincent, a genius puppeteer on one of America’s leading kids TV shows. The chance to work with Benedict and the creative team at Sister and Netflix, is irresistible. With Lucy Forbes at the directorial helm, I feel fortunate to be working at a time of such great creativity in our industry. Fingers crossed Eric will be a welcome addition.” Executive Producers Jane Featherstone and Lucy Dyke said: “When Abi first pitched ERIC to us it gave us goosebumps. It is an extraordinary piece of writing, inspired by Abi’s experience of New York in the mid 1980s, a city rotten to its core but on the cusp of change. She writes both a tense thriller and an intimate portrait of a delusional father searching for his child, shadowed by a monster named Eric. We are thrilled that ERIC will be led by the multi-award-winning Benedict Cumberbatch and directed by the brilliant Lucy Forbes. Eric is set to be an incredibly unique and special limited series and we are overjoyed to be collaborating once more with our long-time creative partner Abi on it.”
I automatically hate people saying he should be doing Sherlock instead other (much more interesting) projects. Happily for us, he is interested on evolving as an actor instead of being a failure who only plays the same character for life. And he is very successful doing it! But it’s Facebook, they obviously are stuck in the past! 😉
Also a lot of people mentioning a Netflix comedy series called Happy. It indeed sounds slightly similar but I’m guessing Eric will be much more serious.