A trailer for the new drama was released earlier today (Wednesday, May 18) and it didn’t take long for people to start poking fun and making memes!
Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson
Earlier today, Sky gave us a glimpse at its new original drama – This England. The new drama, which will air later this year, stars Sir Kenneth as the PM himself.
This England will cover the PM’s first few months in power – including how he dealt with Brexit and Covid-19.
In the trailer, viewers aren’t given a proper glimpse of Branagh as Johnson until right at the very end.
The teaser begins with Branagh, as the PM, saying: “2020 will be a year of prosperity.”
Shots of the interior of 10 Downing Street are then seen as a voice says: “500,000 deaths – that is a worst-case scenario.”
An eerie version of ‘Rule Britannia’ plays in the background as Johnson tells people to “stay at home” and “wash your hands”.
The teaser trailer then ends with a full reveal of Branagh’s Johnson, as a newsreader informs us that Britain has the highest Covid death toll in Europe.
This England reactions
The trailer is only a few hours old, and yet it’s already been mocked and memed by the British public.
Here are some of our favourite reactions and tweets to the new This England trailer.
“Absolutely slayed by the fact that they’ve given Kenneth Branagh (61) old person makeup to play Boris Johnson (57),” one viewer tweeted.
“Can’t think of anything I’d rather watch less than – Kenneth Branagh – playing Boris Johnson – in a series about the pandemic,” another wrote.
“My undying love for Kenneth Branagh is making me so confused right now,” another fan of the actor said.
Is that the PM?!
— zo (@zo_arroyo) May 18, 2022
Another person wondered whether Kenneth had actually “stolen” Mr Johnson’s face…
KENNETH BRANAGH HAS STOLEN BORIS JOHNSON’S FACE AND IS WEARING IT AS A MASK. OH MY GOD. pic.twitter.com/IO1EhBNYvw
— Neon Genesis Ewangelion (@EwaSR) May 18, 2022
The mocking and shocked reactions didn’t stop there though!
Some couldn’t quite get their head around it all and insisted it must just be Mr Johnson himself!
That’s literally Boris Johnson pic.twitter.com/kHcw3944Hk
— Ã (@lfcarif_) May 18, 2022
Therapist: Kenneth Branagh’s Boris Johnson isn’t real, it can’t hurt you.
— Cal (@Cleags) May 18, 2022
“It was bad enough living through it, now we have to endure it all again with Kenneth Branagh doing a silly voice? No,” another fan said.
“Kudos to the hair and makeup team here, who have basically turned Kenneth Branagh into Stanley Johnson with a blond rinse,” another joked.
“Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson is one of the most terrifying things ever,” one viewer tweeted.
Kenneth Branagh Renaissance?
Another joked: “I love this Kenneth Branagh Renaissance.”
This England airs later this year on Sky.
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