According to Deadline, Benedict Cumberbatch will follow up his current Patrick Melrose series with another return to the small screen, signing on to star in Brexit, a political drama at Channel 4.
The site reports that Brexit will see Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, the leading strategist and Campaign Director of Vote Leave, with the one-off drama unpacking the anatomy of the historic, high-stakes campaign to win the hearts and minds of the British people during 2016’s EU Referendum.
“I am particularly pleased to commission James Graham’s hard-hitting and compulsive drama on how the Brexit vote was won with Benedict Cumberbatch in a new role,” said Channel 4’s Ian Katz. “It will be broadcast just ahead of our formal [exit] from the EU in March, assuming that we actually get around to leaving.”
“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,” added Graham. “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.”
“James’ whip smart, funny and insightful writing is a breath of fresh air,” said Beth Willis, head of drama at Channel 4. “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.”
Cumberbatch can currently be seen in cinemas reprising his role as Doctor Strange in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, and also recently signed on for the lead in Ironbark, the new film from director Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach).