Kenneth Branagh to play Boris Johnson in British coronavirus drama series

26 Janvier, 2021, 00:38 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Kenneth Branagh to play Boris Johnson in five-part series about the pandemic

Winterbottom's previous directing credits include "The Trip" with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, 2019's "Greed", "24-Hour Party People", "9 Songs", and "A Cock and Bull Story". It will air on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW TV, being produced by Fremantle, Richard Brown's Passenger and Michael Winterbottom's Revolution Films. The undertaking - which was introduced in June however had but to safe a broadcast companion and announce casting - will chart the occasions surrounding Johnson and his authorities in the face of the primary wave of the worldwide pandemic.

He went on to describe the current pandemic as: "A time when the country came together to battle an invisible enemy". A time when individuals have been extra conscious than ever of the significance of group.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series "will trace the impact on Britain from this once-in-a-generation pandemic, and the response of scientists, nurses, and doctors as they worked tirelessly and heroically to contain and overcome the virus".

After great speculation since the series' announcement about who will play Johnson, Branagh's appointment comes as a piece of welcome news. Kenneth Branagh, who recently played the villain in Tenet or the character of Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, will play the bubbling conservative leader with tousled blond hair. Winterbottom plans to film the series this year with the idea to premiere it in 2022, by which time we might actually want to watch something about that subject.

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Co-Writer & Director, Michael Winterbottom said: "The first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic will be remembered forever".

"Sky UK's managing director of content Zai Bennett said the" resilience and fortitude" of the public over the past year had been "nothing short of extraordinary".

Will create this series called The Sceptred Isle. Melissa Parmenter (Revolution Films) will produce alongside Josh Hyams and Anthony Wilcox. Tim Shipman, Political Journalist Sunday Times, Played advisor.

Executive producer Richard Brown added: "Michael is a master of weaving compelling drama from factual stories and he has an undeniable, distinct vision for this project. The unbelievable inventive expertise Fremantle have assembled together with the central efficiency from Kenneth Branagh will make "This Sceptred Isle" a drama we're proud to be a part of telling". "He and Kieron have written remarkable and meticulously researched scripts which powerfully dramatize these extraordinary events that continue to affect us all".



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