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Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy for Neil Gaiman 'Neverwhere' radio play

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Neil Gaiman has announced a Neverwhere radio play with an all-star cast.

X-Men: First Class's James McAvoy and Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer will lead the cast on the forthcoming BBC Radio 4 production.

Neil Gaiman announces Cumberbatch, McAvoy for 'Neverwhere' radio play

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Sophie Okenodo, Anthony Head, Bernard Cribbins and horror legend Christopher Lee will also lend their voices to the adaptation.

Gaiman posted the announcement and cast list, alongside a photograph of members of the production, on his blog.

"The adaptation is by Dirk Maggs, who did the last three Hitchhiker's Guide Radio adaptations," he wrote.

"He's co-directing it with producer Heather Larmour, who is the one who went off and made this happen after a small enthusiastic chat in a London coffee shop much earlier this year - the kind of conversation that you have that normally just leaves you feeling happy, but doesn't actually turn into anything real. This time it did."

Neverwhere originally aired as a television show on BBC Two in 1996. Gaiman later published the story as a novel, which was also adapted into a comic series by Mike Carey and Glenn Fabry in 2005.

The radio play will debut in early 2013.

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