Brexit

HBO to Air Benedict Cumberbatch 'Brexit' Drama This January

Benedict Cumberbatch in "Brexit" (Photo: Channel 4)

Given the tumult that is still going on in the process, one has to wonder whether it’s really the best time to drop a one-off TV move about the United Kingdom’s Brexit deal, but we’re getting one whether we like it or not.

On the plus side, at least it stars Benedict Cumberbatch, so that’s something. Yes, HBO has picked up the American distribution rights to Brexit, Channel 4’s oft-maligned dramatization of the country’s historic 2016 vote to depart the European Union, from the perspective of both the Leave and Remain camps.

Benedict Cumberbatch Has Unexpected New Look in First Image from New ‘Brexit’ Drama

Benedict Cumberbatch in "Brexit" (Photo: Channel 4)

Despite the fact that the whole mess surrounding Britain’s impending departure from the European Union hasn’t even been properly sorted out yet, there’s already a TV adaptation in the works about it.

Upcoming Channel 4 drama Brexit aims to unpack the often stranger-than-fiction true life story of the run up to the landmark vote into a one-off television drama. And this is actually much less of a hot mess than you might expect, given the subject matter.

The feature is being written by playwright Jason Graham. Black Mirror’s Toby Haynes is on board to direct. And they’ve tapped Benedict Cumberbatch to star in it.

Unfortunately, they've given him what is possibly the worst hairpiece in the world.

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in ‘Brexit’ TV Drama

Benedict Cumberbatch in "Sherlock" Season 4. (Photo: Courtesy of Hartswood Films and MASTERPIECE)

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is taking on a very different sort of role in his next project. The actor is set to star in Brexit, a Channel 4 drama that will tell the story of Britain’s landmark vote to leave the European Union. 

That’s a working title, by the way; so don’t be shocked if the one-off drama changes its name before it makes its way to air next year.

The thriller will be written by playwright Jason Graham, and aims to unpack the issues behind the historic campaign. Black Mirror’s Toby Haynes will direct. Brexit is currently tentatively scheduled to air in early 2019, shortly before the U.K. officially departs the E.U in March.