‘Dad’s Army’ feature film cast announced

With the news that a film based on the classic BBC sitcom Dad’s Army is being made, the question of casting has become the centre of attention.

With the cast list finally announced, it appears that the Dad’s Army film will feature a host of well known British actors and actresses.

The BBC sitcom, which ran from 1968 to 1977, gave us 80 episodes and a film in 1971 featuring the original cast. The show was written by comedy partners David Croft and Jimmy Perry, and is now considered a classic.

Set during the Second World War, Dad’s Army follows a group of well-meaning but inept men in the Home Guard, working to protect England from the threat of invasion.

The cast of Dad’s Army includes:

Toby Jones as Captain George Mainwaring (originally played by Arthur Lowe)

Bill Nighy as Sergeant Arthur Wilson (originally played by John Le Mesurier)

Sir Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jack Jones (originally played by Clive Dunn)

Bill Paterson as Private James Frazer (originally played by John Laurie)

Sir Michael Gambon as Private Charles Godfrey (originally played by Arnold Ridley)

Blake Harrison as Private Frank Pike (originally played by Ian Lavender)

Danny Mays as Private Joe Walker (originally played by James Beck)

There is also a role for Catherine Zeta-Jones as a journalist sent to report on the Home Guard, and Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss will also feature in the film.

Dad’s Army will be directed by Oliver Parker, who has previously directed St. Trinian’s and Johnny English Reborn. The screenplay has been written by Hamish McColl, who wrote 2007s Mr. Bean’s Holiday.

Filming is currently taking place in Yorkshire. Dad’s Army is due for release in 2015.

Read the article at focusfilm.co.uk

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8 Responses to ‘Dad’s Army’ feature film cast announced

  1. bobmann447 says:

    Interesting. Before scrolling down I was trying to think of who would best suit the laconic role of Wilson and there was only one name in my head – Nighy. Perfect casting. Also Toby Jones (now I’ve seen it) is perfect for Mainwaring. I still though have a fear that this film is going to be the cinematic equivalent of painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa. Tumbleweeds ready.

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  2. jam says:

    As you know I don’t have high hopes but yes the cast is A1. Bill Nighy looks like Putin in that photo lol. Nice post 🙂

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  3. Before I even looked at the photo, I was thinking that only Toby Jones would be right for Mainwaring. The cast is perfect and Nighy couldn’t be more right for Wilson!

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