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Here’s The Trailer For HBO’s Brexit Movie Starring Benedict Cumberbatch With Really Bad Hair

“Everyone knows who won,” Cumberbatch says in the trailer, “but not everyone knows how.”

Posted on December 14, 2018, at 3:59 p.m. ET

After a particularly chaotic week in British politics, HBO decided Friday seemed like the appropriate time to drop the trailer for its upcoming film, Brexit.

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The film, written by James Graham and directed by Toby Haynes, depicts the behind-the-scenes story about how Brexit passed in 2016.

The referendum meant the UK voted to leave the European Union, a decision that sent shockwaves around the world.

Many people, including then-prime minister David Cameron, had been predicting a comfortable win for the “Remain” campaign.

Instead, British politics has been roiled ever since the “Leave” vote, with the conservative government still trying to negotiate an exit deal with the EU that won’t completely destroy their economy.

The HBO film focuses on how the Leave campaign used data and social media to pull off its surprise win.

“Everyone knows who won,” Cumberbatch says in the trailer, “but not everyone knows how.”

Cumberbatch stars as Dominic Cummings, the director of the Vote Leave campaign.

HBO / Via, David Levenson / Via Getty Images

While Rory Kinnear plays the role of Craig Oliver, the communications director for Cameron and the head of the “Remain” team.

HBO / Via, Carl Court / Getty Images

“You are feeding a toxic culture of fear and hate,” he tells Cumberbatch in the film. “You can’t close the box once it’s been opened.”

The trailer also offers glimpses of what looks to be Michael Gove and Boris Johnson (based on that signature hair).


As well as what appears to be then-UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage celebrating the surprise win.

HBO, Geoff Caddick / AFP / Getty Images

Brexit premieres on HBO on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. ET.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.