Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In ‘Brexit’ TV Drama
Benedict Cumberbatch will star as Vote Leave’s leading strategist in an “explosive and illuminating” Channel 4 drama about the data-driven political campaign for Brexit.
The political thriller will be set mostly during the European Union (EU) referendum.
The one-off drama will explore the “myriad tactics employed to swing one of the most surprising referendum results in living memory”.
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Dominic Cummings, the leading strategist and campaign director of Vote Leave, in the drama, to begin shooting later this year.
The drama was announced amid controversy over the political impact of data-mining, with investigations examining possible links between Vote Leave’s campaign and data companies.
Brexit (working title) will explore the “anatomy of a modern data-driven election campaign, and the divisive figures driving it from the shadows”.
Writer James Graham, whose credits include The Vote, Tory Boyz and Coalition, said: “I’m so excited – not to mention a little nervous – to have this chance to try and get under the skin of what happened during that historic vote.
“I hope by going behind-the-scenes of the campaign, we’re able to interrogate the consequences of what happened during these eight weeks that have changed the country forever.
“To work with this incredible team and Channel 4 to bring this story to life on screen is a real honor.”
The drama will be directed by Toby Haynes, whose credits include Black Mirror, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Sherlock.
Executive producers Juliette Howell and Tessa Ross said: “We are thrilled to have Benedict Cumberbatch at the center of James’s brilliant, searching response to the Brexit vote. James is a writer who is unafraid to ask difficult questions and has never stopped looking for uncomfortable truths at this complicated time in our history. And we’re hugely excited that Toby Haynes will be directing this film for Channel 4.”
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