I hope that he will get to play Richard III.
He's talked about it for a long time. I think he can still do it, despite the fact he's now older than Richard III was when he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth. Actors in their 50's and 60's have played Shakespeare's Richard III on stage after all. (I think Olivier was in his 40's when he played R3 on film) Richard Armitage looks younger than his age, could certainly play a man in his 30's.
Think the time to do so may be now. Think there is a great interest in the historical Richard III these days, not just in Leicester, but around the world.
By the way, there's an interesting article today about R3's scoliosis:
Richard talking about Richard III:
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