Benedict Cumberbatch looks totally different in first image from latest movie

Benedict Cumberbatch looks totally different in first image from latest movie

Actors love transforming their appearances for movie roles. In the trailer for the 2,000th remake of A Star Of Born, Lady Gaga looks meek and makeup-free. In the upcoming film Fonzo, Tom Hardy ditches his hunky good looks to play Al Capone as a pudgy grizzled prisoner. And don't even get me started on Daniel Day-Lewis' amazing performance as the Indoraptor in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. That guy's got range.

Now English actor Benedict Cumberbatch is switching up his appearance. Benedict has played a lot of iconic characters over the years, including Doctor Strange, Sherlock Holmes and Smaug. But his latest role isn't a wizard superhero, genius detective or greedy-ass dragon. It's Dominic Cummings, the strategist and campaign director of Vote Leave, who encouraged British citizens to vote for leaving the European Union. (As you can probably tell, this character won't have an action figure.)

We've used to seeing him as Doctor Strange, rocking a cool goatee and a full head of hair. But for this role, he sports a clean-shaven look, with a receding hairline. Doctor Strange was a swipe right, and Dominic Cummings is a definite swipe left. He looks like Benedict Cumberbatch if he decided to give up on his acting dreams and take a low-paying office job. In a thread about the image on Reddit, there were some funny reactions:

"So we're just making movies about things that are still actively happening now?" - ReasonableAssumption

"scene from the upcoming Jason Alexander biography" - maxdad666

"Benedict Comboverbatch" - psyense

"Ah...he's playing Prince William?"- bigwallclimber

The project is a channel 4 television movie about Brexit, and as an American, I've already lost interest. (I only like films that are fast and/or furious.) Anyway, Brexit refers to Britain's impending withdrawal from the European Union. Britain will be leaving the EU in March, which is the same time this project will air. So, British citizens can escape the nightmare of Brexit in real-life by reliving the nightmare of Brexit in movie form.

The movie is adapted from James Graham’s stage drama, The Vote, which takes place during the night of the vote. "I’m so excited – not to mention a little nervous – to have this chance to try and get under the skin of what happened during that historic vote," said Graham. "I hope by going behind-the-scenes of the campaign, we’re able to interrogate the consequences of what happened during these 8 weeks that have changed the country forever."

The film is directed by Toby Haynes, who also directed the USS Callister episode of Black Mirror. Sounds like a good choice. If he can nail the soul-crushing disappointment and existential misery of Black Mirror, he's well equipped to handle Brexit.

Why do actors love to transform their appearances? And why do we love to see the results? Maybe it's because we all aspire to change, to start anew, to be seen in a different light. But sometimes change is scary, because the future's uncertain. When Britain leaves the European Union, the country will be taking on a new identity. And hopefully they look better than Comboverbatch in this movie.