Trailer released for new Brexit film starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Vote Leave boss Dominic Cummings in 'Brexit: The Uncivil War'. Photograph

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Vote Leave boss Dominic Cummings in 'Brexit: The Uncivil War'. Photograph: HBO. - Credit: Archant

The trailer for a new film which focuses on Vote Leave's involvement in the EU referendum campaign has been released.

In the film Benedict Cumberbatch will swap his deerstalker for a balding head to portray Vote Leave boss Dominic Cummings.

The two-hour film titled 'Brexit: The Uncivil War' has been written by James Graham, the writer of political West End plays Ink and This House.

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It is based on first-hand accounts from key players in the Leave and Remain campaigns, and a variety of books that have been published around the EU referendum.

Dominic Cummings speaks about Vote Leave.

Dominic Cummings speaks about Vote Leave. - Credit: Archant

The film takes a particular focus on those who acted behind-the-scenes to influence the political campaigns including Craig Oliver, David Cameron's director of communications, Matthew Elliot, the political lobbyist, and Zack Massingham, the founder of a data technology company that helped to target voters through social media.

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It will look at how the data-driven campaigns were utilised, the use of the £350m a week claim, and the behind-the-scenes decisions that led to the Brexit vote on 23 June 2016.

It will also explore the roles played by politicians and the financial backers that were bankrolling them.

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Cumberbatch said recently it was a 'hell of a role' to play the Vote Leave boss.

He said: 'The campaign was the most extraordinary story, one of the most extraordinary stories in all the history of politics.

'It really encapsulated that for me.'

'Brexit: The Uncivil War' will air on Channel 4 at 9pm on 7th January 2019. It will premiere on HBO in the US at 9pm on 19th January.

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