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Bill Nighy and Sir Michael Gambon confirmed for Dad's Army movie remake

Billy Nighy in The Boat That Rocked

Story by Jack Foley

BILL Nighy, Toby Jones and Sir Michael Gambon have all been confirmed among the cast of a big-screen remake of classic sitcom Dad’s Army.

As previously reported, Jones will star as Captain Mainwaring, while Nighy will appear as Sergeant Wilson.

Sir Tom Courtenay will play Corporal Jones, while Gambon will fill the role of Private Godfrey.

Danny Mays, who has starred in the TV shows Public Enemies and Outcasts, will play Private Walker, Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison will take Ian Lavender’s role as ‘stupid boy’ Private Pike and Bill Paterson, of TV’s Outlander and 37 Days fame, will play Frazer.

There will also be roles for Catherine Zeta Jones, Sarah Lancashire and Mark Gatiss.

The original TV show followed the hapless adventures of a World War II Home Guard platoon and ran for nine series between 1968 and 1977. It continues to be regarded as one of Britain’s greatest TV comedies.

According to the BBC, the story for the film will see Zeta Jones playing a glamorous journalist sent to report on the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard before MI5 discovers that there is a German spy in the fictional British town.

Oliver Parker, who made Johnny English Reborn, St Trinian’s and Othello, is directing from a script by Hamish McColl, who wrote Johnny English Reborn and Mr Bean’s Holiday.

Shooting will begin this month (October 2014) in Yorkshire.

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