Death to 2020: Samuel L. Jackson, Lisa Kudrow, & More Join New Netflix Mockumentary
Netflix has finally provided more details about Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker’s upcoming mockumentary special titled Death to 2020 including its synopsis and casting additions. Joining previously confirmed cast member Hugh Grant, MCU star Samuel L. Jackson, Friends alum Lisa Kudrow, and Saturday Night Live alum Leslie Jones have officially signed on for the comedy event special.
Kumail Nanjiani (Lovebirds, Silicon Valley), Tracey Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show), Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother, Palm Springs), Samson Kayo (Truth Seekers), Diane Morgan (Wipe), and Stranger Things star Joe Keery are also expected to appear in Death to 2020 and take on new personas.
2020: A year so [insert adjective of choice here], even the creators of Black Mirror couldn’t make it up… but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a little something to add. Death To 2020 is a comedy event that tells the story of the dreadful year that was — and perhaps still is? This landmark documentary-style special weaves together some of the world’s most (fictitious) renowned voices with real-life archival footage spanning the past 12 months.
The mockumentary will be directed by Al Campbell with Black Mirror creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones executive producing through their Broke and Bones banner. Alison Marlow is also serving as a producer.
We first heard of the project when Golden Globe winner Hugh Grant recently confirmed with Vulture that he has signed on to star in Booker’s new mockumentary which would center around the events of 2020. Further details about the Netflix project’s plot and characters are still being kept under wraps but Grant did tease that his character will be a historian with a nice wig.
“Charlie Brooker has written a mockumentary about 2020,” Grant said. “It’s for Netflix, and I am a historian who’s being interviewed about the year. I’m pretty repellent, actually! And you’ll like my wig.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, many people have actually described the world’s current situation as another episode of Black Mirror. That’s why it’s interesting to see which of this year’s crazy events Booker decided to adapt to screen.