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Benedict Cumberbatch and Gaby Hoffmann star in the Netflix series “Eric”

In the new limited Netflix series “Eric,” Benedict Cumberbatch and Gaby Hoffmann take on the challenging roles of parents facing the nightmare of losing their child. Hoffmann, portraying Cassie, expressed how emotionally draining the experience was, unexpectedly leaving her exhausted even after filming ended. Cumberbatch, playing Vincent, the father in the show, shared how his own children helped him find balance and escape the intense emotions of the storyline each day.

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The series revolves around the disappearance of the son of a renowned puppeteer in 1980s New York, delving into the emotional journey of the characters amidst the backdrop of a troubling event. As the story unfolds, viewers are introduced to a giant fluffy monster following Cumberbatch’s character, highlighting deeper social issues beyond the surface.

Abi Morgan, the creator of “Eric,” emphasized that the monsters in the show are not always what they seem, drawing inspiration from her personal experiences and observations. The addition of McKinley Belcher III as Detective Michael Ledroit brought a new dimension to the narrative, shedding light on important societal issues of the time.

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Morgan, known for her successful writing career, including projects like “The Iron Lady” and “Suffragette,” has recently been involved in the upcoming Bridget Jones film, “Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy.” She praised the iconic character of Bridget Jones, highlighting the impact and relevance the character has had on real women’s lives.

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Morgan expressed her joy in collaborating with Helen Fielding, the creator of Bridget Jones, and the unique opportunity to explore different storytelling avenues. “Eric” is now available for streaming on Netflix, offering viewers a compelling and thought-provoking narrative that goes beyond the surface.