Belfast Telegraph

Friel linked to Dad's Army movie

Anna Friel, Mackenzie Crook and Michael Gambon are among the latest names linked to the Dad's Army movie.

The classic BBC comedy about the Home Guard in a small British town during World War II, which ran from 1968 and 1977, is heading to the big screen again, with Toby Jones and Bill Nighy already cast as Captain Mainwaring and Private Wilson.

Now has reported that a number of stars are said to be in talks for the film remake, including Richard Wilson and John Hurt.

Pushing Daisies star Anna is apparently attached to the role of Mavis Pike, the mother of Frank Pike, the youngest member of the Home Guard, originally played by EastEnders' Ian Lavender.

Private Wilson was officially the Pikes' lodger but was in a secret relationship with Mavis - which would mean Anna and Bill Nighy would play onscreen lovers.

Mackenzie Crook is said to be in talks to play Private Walker, the second youngest member of the Home Guard who was a wheeler dealer and something of a ladies man, played by James Beck in the original series.

The film, directed by Ol Parker, who will co-write the script with Hamish McColl - is also said to be introducing a new female lead - Rose Winters, a journalist who studied under Private Wilson at Oxford and is writing about the Home Guard.

A Dad's Army film was made with the original cast, including Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier as Captain Mainwaring and Private Wilson, in 1971.


From Belfast Telegraph