Death to 2020: Netflix release trailer for new comedy event
Death to 2020 premiered on Netflix as people around the world prepare to welcome a brand new year. The Netflix comedy special comes from Black Mirror creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones and features a star-studded cast. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the narrator in Death to 2020 on Netflix.
Who is the narrator in Death to 2020 on Netflix?
Death to 2020 is a 70 minute special on Netflix, taking a look back at what has been an unusual year, mockumentary style.
The feature-length episode features huge names playing fictional characters who reflect on 2020, addressing issues such as Black Lives Matter, Covid-19, the US election, Tik Tok and much more.
The show’s characters range from a history professor Tennyson Foss (played by Hugh Grant) to soccer mom Kathy Flowers (Cristin Miloti) to CEO billionaire Bark Multiverse (Kumail Nanjiani) and an “average citizen” called Gemma Nerrick (Diane Morgan).
Meanwhile, Laurence Fishburne serves as the narrator of Death to 2020 on Netflix.
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Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk and other press, Death to 2020 creator Charlie Brooker opened up on Fishburne’s role as the narrator.
He said: “[His] voice is simultaneously a luxurious bath and also like booming authority.
“For weeks we have been looking at a rough cut of it, where I record lines on a phone then I email it to the editor and he cuts it all in like we are doing it on zoom.
“And so to suddenly hear, this sort of authoritative voice of this documentary cutting through where it was me squawking into a phone at 3am is really thrilling.”
Fishburne is an American actor, playwright, producer, screenwriter and film director from Augusta, Georgia.
He is best known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix Trilogy, Jason ‘Furious’ Styles in Boyz n the Hood and The Bowery King in the John Wick film series.
For his performance as Ike Turner in the 1993 film, What’s Love Got to Do With It, he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
He won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in TriBeCa, starring alongside Philip Bosco and Joe Morton.
His other well-known credits include Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
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Fishburne is also well known as Dr Raymond Langston in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Special Agent Jack Crawford in Hannibal and Earl ‘Pops’ Johnson in Black-ish.
Death to 2020 is not Fishburne’s first voice role.
He provided the voice of the narrator in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, TMNT, and the voice of the Silver Surfer in 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Fans have taken to Twitter to praise Fishburne’s role in Death to 2020.
One fan tweeted: “My face hurts. I haven’t laughed this hard all year. Laurence Fishburne is the PERFECT narrator. Just stop doing whatever it is you’re doing and watch #deathto2020.”
A second fan said: “Also Laurence Fishburne narrating?? 10/10. I love that man.”
A third fan added: “I kept pausing to catch my breath. So good!”
Death to 2020 is streaming on Netflix now.
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