Sooner or later, reality always ends up slipping into fiction. And this one touches us closely: Michael Winterbottom is preparing a five-episode miniseries about the pandemic, where Kenneth Branagh will play the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson.
The project has been titled ‘ This Sceptred Isle ‘ and will “track the impact [of the COVID-19 pandemic] in Britain, the response of scientists, nurses and doctors as they worked to contain and overcome the virus.
It is based on the first-hand testimony from individuals, including those at 10 Downing Street, the Department of Health, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), and hospitals and nursing homes across the country, “Deadline reported.
The actor and director thus assume the important challenge of portraying the controversial Boris Johnson, the current leader of the United Kingdom government, although we do not know if it will be as unkind a portrait as the one that Richard Goulding dedicated to him in ‘Brexit: An uncivil war’, premiered on HBO. Branagh comes from being the villain in Christopher Nolan’s’ Tenet ‘and directing the failed’ Artemis Fowl ‘, and in this 2021 he will premiere his new film combining his two facets of actor and director,’ Death on the Nile ‘, the sequel to’ Murder on the Orient Express’ 2017.
As we progressed, filmmaker Michael Winterbottom, director of the hit saga ‘The Trip’, is leading the production of Sky, along with producer Richard Brown (‘True Detective’) and co-writer Kieron Quirke (‘Cuckoo’). At the moment the rest of the cast, the official synopsis or the release date are unknown. Filming is expected to begin soon, in these first months of 2021, so its arrival on a streaming platform is not expected until well into 2022. Perhaps by then, the pandemic will be a bitter memory and the decisions of those who dealt with it may begin to be judged.
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