The first trailer for Channel 4 drama Brexit: The Uncivil War has just landed – and marks a real transformation for its leading man, Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Sherlock actor signed on to star in the one-off drama earlier this year in the role of Vote Leave Campaign Director, Dominic Cummings. The two-hour special will explore how the Leave campaign managed to scoop an unexpected victory, in no small part thanks to tactics employed by Cummings.

We’ve already seen Cumberbatch go bald for the role, and Channel 4 has now revealed the first clip from the drama, which shows him in action.

The 30-second clip sees Cumberbatch’s Cummings majorly breaking the fourth wall by addressing the camera directly.

He says: “We live in a multiverse of different branches of histories, and in a different branch of history, I was never here, some of you voted differently, and this never happened – but I was, and it did.

“Everyone knows who won, but not everyone knows how.”

The end of the clip also confirms that the drama will be gracing our screens in 2019, though a specific airdate has not yet been announced.

Brexit: The Uncivil War was written by James Graham and directed by Black Mirror filmmaker Toby Haynes.

Earlier this year, Graham took to social media to reveal an “early draft” of the script had been stolen and leaked online.

He said at the time: “Disappointingly a very early draft of my Brexit TV drama was stolen and leaked to various people to read & now comment online. My fellow writers on here will know what first drafts are like as you privately play around & test ideas. It is not the script we’re shooting.”

Alongside Cumberbatch, the drama also stars Rory Kinnear, John Heffernan, Richard Goulding, Paul Ryan, Liz White and Oliver Maltman.

 

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