Benedict Cumberbatch will play Brexit mastermind Dominic Cummings in a new TV drama Brexit: The Uncivil War airing in Britain next month.
The two-hour long Brexit: The Uncivil War will air on January 7, 2019. It is the same day when MPs return to Westminster after their Christmas break and ahead of a critical parliamentary vote on Brexit the following week.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch supported staying in the European Union in 2016. He said he wanted “the challenge of transforming into someone that’s pretty far from myself, in many ways, and to see the world through his eyes”.
“It’s such an important story that’s continuing to define our nation, and I didn’t know an awful lot about how the Leave vote was won,” the 42-year-old Benedict Cumberbatch said.
The actor revealed he was initially “wary” about the project because Brexit was “the most divisive issue in politics certainly that I can remember in my lifetime”. “It’s far more complex than just the question of in or out on the ballot paper,” he said in a statement, admitting the issue had divided his own family and friends.
The British actor also predicted that the film “is not going to please everyone” since “politics, especially around this issue, gets incredibly personal”. Cummings, a former political adviser to eurosceptic MPs, was the campaign director of Vote Leave, the pro-Brexit group that helped win the referendum against all odds despite the government backing continued EU membership.
Little known by the wider public, Cummings is credited with playing a decisive role behind the scenes, particularly through his insistence on a data-driven social media campaign rather than traditional electioneering.