The big screen adaptation of the popular British TV comedy series Dad’s Army will feature an all-star cast that includes Toby Jones, best known for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and more recently The Hunger Games. This movie reteams Jones with Harry Potter co-stars Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon. Also starring are Catherine Zeta-Jones (Ocean’s Twelve; Chicago), Danny Mays (Atonement) and Mark Gatiss (Game of Thrones).
This Universal release is set in 1944, toward the end of World War II, when the Allies were preparing to invade France and defeat the German army. As a provocative description of the film explains, the storyline involves Walmington-on-Sea, a town on England’s channel coast, where the Home Guard is suffering from low morale: “Their new mission then—to patrol the Dover army base—is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters (Zeta-Jones) arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea.”
The discovery of a spy in their midst means that the outcome of the war might rest on the shoulders of these unlikely heros.
Directing the film is Oliver Parker, whose last turn in the director’s chair was for the action-comedy Johnny English Reborn. The writer of Johnny English Reborn, Hamish McColl, also wrote the screenplay for Dad’s Army.
Jones and the rest of the cast have begun filming. The movie is expected to hit theaters in 2015.