In the oddest casting news to date, Kenneth Branagh will be playing the role of UK Prime Minister (and utter buffoon) Boris Johnson in Michael Winterbottom’s five-part drama ‘This Sceptred Isle’.
Written and directed by Winterbottom, the series will chart the events surrounding Johnson and his government in the face of the first wave of the global pandemic. The U.K. leader in late March was hospitalized with COVID-19 for over a week, with a number of days spent in intensive care.
“The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered forever,” said Winterbottom. “Our series weaves together countless true stories — from Boris Johnson in Number 10 to front line workers around the country — chronicling the efforts of scientists, doctors, care home workers and policymakers to protect us from the virus.”
The series is based on the first-hand testimony from members of the government, the Department of Health, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), and hospitals and care homes across the country, So in part true story and part total fiction…
Let’s just hope people have long memories and remember what really happened as the series is not expected to hit Sky until Autumn 2022.
Branagh was last seen in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ his next feature will be ‘Death on the Nile which he both stars and directs.