Kenneth Branagh has refused to shoot new scenes for the series in which he plays Boris Johnson

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Kenneth Branagh has refused to shoot new scenes for the series in which he plays Boris Johnson

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Kenneth Branagh stars in “This Island,” where he plays former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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the miniseries This England, in which Kenneth Branagh plays Boris Johnson, is in full post-production. With the recent resignation of the former British Prime MinisterOn Thursday, it was speculated that new scenes were added to reflect that result. But, according to the site Varietyfor now it will not happen.

The fiction, led by the actor and director, focuses mainly on the first wave of covid-19 in the UK during which, Johnson was hospitalized.

Neither parties nor resignations

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Kenneth Branagh, the actor plays Boris Johnson in the still unreleased miniseries “This Island”. Photo by Reuters

Apparently, according to sources, The scandals in which the premier was involved will be excluded from the miniseriesand who met this year, on the parties and meetings he held while the rest of the country was in quarantine.

In the series, which raises great expectations in Britain, there will not even be scenes referring to the last 48 hours of chaos for the British government, culminating in Johnson’s resignation.

the former premier he resigned on Thursday 7 July at the last minuteas prime minister after an uprising within his Conservative government that resulted in more than 50 resignations of several ministers and cabinet members in less than two days.

Branagh’s decision

second appointment Variety, The decision has to do with focusing only on the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, when Johnson, eight months after assuming his leadership, he had to face a difficult moment of health during which he had to be hospitalized due to covid.

The drama, directed by Michael Winterbottom, is currently in post-production. Although it doesn’t have an airing date yet, the idea is to air it by the end of the yearwhich means there will likely be a new prime minister when the series airs.

Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, during his resignation speech this July 7.  Photo: AFP

Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, during his resignation speech this July 7. Photo: AFP

The drama series was originally supposed to be called This scepter islandbut then changed to This England, earlier this year. In the preview released in May by Sky, Branagh looks very convincing in the role, throwing lines like “This Covid we need to be careful”.

It’s clear from the trailer that the fiction is about portraying a very specific time frame for Johnson during his tenure as Prime Minister.

invisible enemy

“The first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic will be remembered forever,” Winterbottom said of the show, in January 2021. “It was a time when the country came together to fight an invisible enemy. A time when people were more aware than ever of the importance of community “.

According to the director, “Our series weaves countless true stories, from Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street, to frontline workers across the country, chronicling the efforts of scientists, doctors, nurses and lawmakers to protect us.” “.

Winterbottom was forced out of production due to illness for several months in 2021, but later returned to work. This England is a production of Richard Brown’s Fremantle, Passenger and Revolution Films.

In a speech by Johnson who announced his resignation this week, he said the reason he “fought so hard” to remain prime minister was because “I felt it was my job, my duty, my obligation in the you continue what we promised in 2019. “

In listing his achievements, he cited Brexit, as well as “helping us all overcome the pandemic, delivering the fastest vaccine launch in Europe and”lead the West in dealing with Putin’s aggression in Ukraine“.


Source: Clarin

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