Horrible Histories cast to star in Shakespeare film
The cast of Bafta-winning CBBC show Horrible Histories are to reunite to appear in a film about Shakespeare.
Actors Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond will begin shooting Bill later in the year.
It will tell the story of hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare.
Rickard and Willbond, who wrote the script, said Shakespeare would "be OK" with the film "apart from the bit where he's dressed as a tomato".
"We're playing with history, just as Shakespeare did, for the entertainment of the audience," they added.
The film, "a tale of murderous kings, spies, lost loves and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth", will follow Bill Shakespeare as he leaves his family and home "to follow his dream".
The actors will each play several different roles in the production, "in the style of the [Monty] Python films" .
BBC Films head Christine Langan said light-hearted history show Horrible Histories - based on Terry Deary's book series - had been "a terrific success and is hugely popular with both kids and their parents".
"Bill will be a film for all the family to enjoy with original British talent telling a very funny story about Shakespeare," she added.