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Russell Brand joins Michael Winterbottom for financial-crisis doc

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Russell Brand has been on a short break from his film and television work, but his latest project is uniting his on-screen comedic history with his passion for political activism.

Director Michael Winterbottom has brought Brand on board for his new economics documentary, The Emperor’s New Clothes. Winterbottom discussed the film and confirmed Brand’s involvement last week on BBC Radio 4’s Front RowClothes will tackle the 2008 financial crisis through London and New York’s banking centers.

The film will use both traditional documentary style archival footage as well as comedy routines to help illustrate its points about how the crisis impacted the working middle class.

“It’s about inequality and why the 1 percent [of the world’s wealthy] seem to have so much and the rest of us not quite so much,” Winterbottom said of the film on Front Row.

The director and Brand tried to work together previously on an adaptation of the comic’s book Booky Wook, which never got off the ground.

Brand has increased his activism as of late, including hosting a YouTube channel called The Trews, which broadcasts daily videos from the comedian. He covers a range of topics on the channel, and even occasionally tries to make an appearance on Fox News.