‘Sherlock’ season 4: Martin Freeman joins Benedict Cumberbatch with Shakespeare gig

Sherlock season 3While we continue to wait for some more official news regarding the potential fourth season of “Sherlock” (which we are all assuming is coming at some point), why not do another update on what one of the stars is working on now?

This update seems even more appropriate right now, given the recent stories about Benedict Cumberbatch taking on a role as Hamlet in an upcoming 2015 production of the play. Sources have confirmed a Daily Mail report that Martin Freeman will be working with Jamie Lloyd Productions at the Trafalgar Studios on a production of “Richard III” in London. The show will begin rehearsals in the late spring, and Freeman could perform the role as the title king for an undisclosed number of performances starting in July.

This is a big coup for the theater, given that Freeman is a man just as busy as his co-star Benedict when it comes to his variety of TV and movie gigs. In addition to being the star of “The Hobbit” franchise and playing John Watson, Freeman is also one of the leads in the upcoming “Fargo” series on FX (which premieres on April 15 and is very high on the list of things that we absolutely want to see).

In tying this all back to “Sherlock,” the challenge that all of these gigs create is trying to find a time in which all parties are open and interested in doing some more episodes in the series. The good thing is that everything that we have heard so far suggests that another season will happen … but it won’t be for at least a little while, since Steven Moffat is hard at work now on “Doctor Who.” Perhaps later in the summer or the fall, we will have a better idea. At least the actors can film individual episodes, take a break for another job, and then come back for more.

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