Kenneth Branagh’s role as Boris Johnson has been announced in a teaser of the drama series “This England”, which follows the tumultuous first months of the Downing Street prime minister as he faces the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The series, formerly known as “This Sceptred Isle,” is co-written and directed by Michael Winterbottom and is set to air on Sky Atlantic later this year.

“Government events are intertwined with stories from across the UK, from experts and scientists competing to understand the virus; to doctors, nurses, and front-line nursing staff working tirelessly and heroically to control and control it. and ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down. ”

The teaser, released on Wednesday, opens with the voice of Branagh, 61, as prime minister, saying: “A new era is opening, 2020 will be a year of prosperity.”

The tone of the video changes as Johnson’s concern about the pandemic seems to increase. “We need to keep an eye on this Covid virus,” he said.

Following is a video clip in which a voiceover says, “500,000 dead, this is the worst-case scenario.”

The teaser closes with a picture of the door on Downing Street 10 closing and a radio announcer saying, “The United Kingdom has surpassed Italy in the official death toll.”

Branagh, best known for his roles in “Dunkirk” and “Murder on the Orient Express,” most recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” and “Death on the Nile,” which he directed and is to be released. released. The 60-year-old Northern Irish actor has been nominated for five Oscars, both for his performance (“Henry V”, “My Week with Marilyn”) and for his screenplay (“Hamlet”) and directing (“Henry V ”,“ Swan Song ”). He was awarded an Oscar at this year’s gala for his screenplay for “Belfast”.

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