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Benedict Cumberbatch will play a Leave strategist in a film about Brexit

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In case you hadn’t heard, Brexit isn’t over yet, but that’s not stopping HBO and Channel 4 from dramatising it in a film to be released in the new year. In the aptly-titled Brexit, a balding Benedict Cumberbatch will play Dominic Cummings, the campaign director of Vote Leave, the group that advocated for Britain’s departure from the EU. At the helm is Toby Haynes, the British TV director responsible for that Star Trek-themed episode of Black Mirror.

Evidently, Cummings played an instrumental role as a strategist for the Leave campaign and – if the newly-released trailer is anything to go by – the film will explore his use of technology, xenophobia, and outright misinformation to get what he wanted. It’s unclear whether the film will take a hard angle where politics is concerned, but it’s worth noting that Cumberbatch campaigned for the British people to vote to remain in the EU.

There will also be a dose of Boris Johnson in Brexit (and how couldn’t there be?). You can spot him in the trailer below; just look out for the hair.

Brexit will premiere January 19.