The Netflix original series Black Mirror has garnered quite a bit of fanfare over the past few years, exploring a variety of topics that most would consider taboo. These topics are wide ranging as well, from more personal moral conflicts to widespread societal dilemmas that just about every viewer can relate to in one way or another. This has been a successful formula for the series thus far, having produced five seasons and a film for Netflix while recruiting a number of notable figures such as Miley Cyrus and Jon Hamm to star in their own episodes. Now Charlie Brooker, creator of Black Mirror, is looking to utilize this formula in a new special he is developing alongside Netflix to explore the year of 2020 and everything it has had to offer.
2020 has been an interesting year to say the least, almost as if we have been living in one very long episode of Black Mirror. From a public health pandemic that has reshaped everyday life around the globe to a presidential election that resembles the plot of a bad movie, this has been a year for the history books that will be looked back upon for decades, if not centuries, to come. As a result, it is only fair that Hollywood puts their spin on what has been a peculiar year to say the least, and it would be difficult to find someone better suited than Brooker to tell the story and explore it in a different light.
Brooker has casted Hugh Grant to star in the lead of the upcoming mockumentary, who accidentally let the bag out on the new Netflix special in an interview with Vulture. In the interview, Grant noted he will be playing a “repellant historian with a wig” in Brooker’s upcoming work, leaving fans curious as to what exactly Brooker has in mind for the upcoming project. With several decades of experience in the television and film industries and a variety of credits under either man’s belt, it is safe to assume that the project is in good hands. Regardless of Grant’s slip up however, details are still sparse, leaving fans eagerly awaiting to see how Brooker gives 2020 the Black Mirror treatment.