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Kenneth Branagh’s transformation of Boris Johnson in This England trailer stuns viewers: “That’s Kenneth Branagh?!”

Kenneth Branagh’s transformation into Boris Johnson in the trailer for This England left viewers scratching their heads.

The British actor will play the Prime Minister This England (formerly called This scepter island), a Sky drama about Johnson’s turbulent first few months at Downing Street amid the first wave of the pandemic.

When the trailer was released on Wednesday (May 18), viewers were stunned by the actor’s “uncanny” transformation.

“THIS IS KENNETH BRANAGH?!” asked one Twitter user.

Another tweet read: “Only in the last picture does this man remotely resemble Kenneth Branagh.”

The trailer confused social media users for several reasons.

“Absolutely blown away by the fact they gave Kenneth Branagh, 61, some old make-up to play Boris Johnson, 57,” joked one viewer.

(Phil Fisk/Sky UK Ltd)

A series of tweets pointed out the questionable quality of Branagh’s makeup in the video, with one viewer writing, “Branagh looks like he’s wearing one of those human masks in the film Owner.”

“Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson is about to rip off his mask and reveal that he is the energy of the master,” said another.

In general, viewers were puzzled as to how Branagh strayed from a Best Picture nomination belfast, the movie he directed, to the role of Johnson in a made-for-TV movie that one viewer said looked like “a fucking Youtube parody.”

“Branagh has the most bewildering career,” one tweeted, while another commenter wrote, “Branagh may have one of the weirdest works in film history.”

Another tweet read: “Branagh’s career is so freaking weird. Just whipping around from weird Shakespeare/Poirot vanity projects to literally whatever gets him the money to go on with the former. What is the American equivalent?”

This England will be broadcast on Sky in autumn 2022.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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