Dad’s Army film

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Dad’s Army film

Bill Nighy, Sir Michael Gambon, Toby Jones and Sir Tom Courtenay are among the stars who will appear in a big-screen remake of classic sitcom Dad’s Army.

Jones will star as Captain Mainwaring, Nighy will appear as Sergeant Wilson and Courtenay will play Corporal Jones.

Gambon will fill the role of Private Godfrey and there will also be roles for Catherine Zeta Jones, Sarah Lancashire and Mark Gatiss.

The original sitcom followed a hapless World War II Home Guard platoon.

It ran for nine series from 1968 to 1977 and is regarded as one of Britain’s greatest TV comedies.

Arthur Lowe (left) and Toby Jones Toby Jones (right), who has recently appeared in BBC One's Marvellous, will play Captain Mainwaring
Arthur Lowe (left) and Toby Jones
Toby Jones (right), who has recently appeared in BBC One’s Marvellous, will play Captain Mainwaring

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John Le Mesurier (left) and Bill Nighy Bill Nighy will take the role of Sergeant Wilson, originally played by John Le Mesurier
John Le Mesurier (left) and Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy will take the role of Sergeant Wilson, originally played by John Le Mesurier
Clive Dunn (left) and Tom Courtenay Sir Tom Courtenay will attempt to fill the boots of Clive Dunn as Corporal Jones
Clive Dunn (left) and Tom Courtenay
Sir Tom Courtenay will attempt to fill the boots of Clive Dunn as Corporal Jones
James Beck and Danny Mays Danny Mays, who has starred in TV shows like Public Enemies and Outcasts, will play Private Walker
James Beck and Danny Mays
Danny Mays, who has starred in TV shows like Public Enemies and Outcasts, will play Private Walker

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Ian Lavender and Blake Harrison The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison will take Ian Lavender's role as 'stupid boy' Private Pike
Ian Lavender and Blake Harrison
The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison will take Ian Lavender’s role as ‘stupid boy’ Private Pike
Arnold Ridley (left) and Michael Gambon Sir Michael Gambon, star of Harry Potter and The Singing Detective, will step in as the ageing Private Godfrey
Arnold Ridley (left) and Michael Gambon
Sir Michael Gambon, star of Harry Potter and The Singing Detective, will step in as the ageing Private Godfrey
John Laurie (left) and Bill Paterson Bill Paterson, seen in TV's Outlander and 37 Days, will be Frazer, whose catchphrase was 'We're doomed' 
John Laurie (left) and Bill Paterson
Bill Paterson, seen in TV’s Outlander and 37 Days, will be Frazer, whose catchphrase was ‘We’re doomed’

The story will see Zeta Jones play 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.

The film will be directed by Oliver Parker, who made Johnny English Reborn, St Trinian’s and Othello starring Sir Kenneth Branagh.

The script will be written by Hamish McColl, who wrote Johnny English Reborn and Mr Bean’s Holiday.

The film, which will begin shooting this month in Yorkshire, has been supported by Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund.

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