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This Fleabag star’s new Black Mirror role is all our nightmares come true

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A taxi hostage situation is enough to rid your thoughts of Andrew Scott as the Hot Priest forever.

Prepared to have all daydreams of sexy priests banished for good. 

Andrew Scott single-handedly caused a spike in Google searches for ‘Can priests have sex?’ thanks to his turn as the ‘Hot Priest’ in series two of Phoebe Waller Bridge’s universally acclaimed Fleabag.

However, the new details we’ve gleaned about his latest role in the hotly anticipated fifth series of dystopian thriller Black Mirror, is enough to shut those right down.

In the trailer for Black Mirror: Smithereens – one of three new teasers released today to stoke excitement for the 5 June 2019 Netflix premiere – Scott plays an as-yet unnamed driver for an Uber-like service. But after a passenger (Damson Idris) reveals he works for a corporation named Smithereens, Scott takes a detour – and Idris hostage. Aka: our worst nightmare.

Although further plot points remain shrouded in secrecy, the trailer seems to hint at a narrative centring on app addiction, with Scott at one point frantically yelling that everyone is ‘hooked’. Proceedings are made more sinister by the ominous overlay of what appears to be meditation instructions, intoning “Your mind may wander” whilst Scott waves a hand gun around. 

Also released alongside the Smithereens clip are trailers for two more episodes, titled Striking Vipers and Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too.

Striking Vipers, starring Anthony Mackie, seems to outline a tale of potential infidelity, involving a Tinder-esque app and a wife who is chatting about fertility cycles. A mysterious brain implant is also introduced at the end of the trailer – could this be a fable about virtual reality as an extension of digital infidelity? 

Meanwhile, Black Mirror takes on the rise of the virtual assistant with third instalment Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too. Miley Cyrus (!!) plays popstar Ashley who launches a line of digital companions named ‘Ashley Toos’ (and clearly modelled after Amazon’s Alexa). But as the original Ashley’s own health seems to crumble, her avatars take on a worrying life of their own…

Of course our guess is as good as yours; this is Black Mirror, the show that gave us a premier having sex with a pig and #MeToo parable delivered via Star Trek pastiche. You can never predict what’s going to happen. Which means 5 June cannot come quickly enough… 

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