Channel 4 has cast Benedict Cumberbatch in a new 2-hour TV movie examining the UK’s historic Brexit vote.
The Sherlock and Imitation Game actor will play Dominic Cummings, the leading strategist and Campaign Director of Vote Leave, the official campaign which overturned political pundits’ expectations by winning the June 2016 referendum.
Writer James Graham, writer, 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 8 weeks that have changed the country forever.
“To work with this incredible team and Channel4 to bring this story to life on screen is a real honour.”
Beth Willis, Head of Drama at Channel 4, added: “James’ whip smart, funny and insightful writing is a breath of fresh air.
“We are so thrilled that he and the genius that is Benedict Cumberbatch feel Channel 4 is the right home for it – Brexit is exactly the kind of explosive and illuminating drama we want to have on the channel.”
The film will begin shooting later this year.