Principal photography commences on Armando Iannucci's In The Loop with star ensemble cast
BBC Films, the UK Film Council and Aramid Entertainment announce that principal photography has begun on In The Loop, Armando Iannucci's razor-sharp political comedy.
Protagonist Pictures will handle worldwide sales at this year's Cannes Marché. Optimum Releasing have the UK theatrical rights.
To be directed by master satirist Armando Iannucci, co-writing with Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Ian Martin – the writing team who brought you the BAFTA award-winning BBC hit, The Thick Of It – this original screenplay has attracted a stellar cast.
The cast includes Tom Hollander (Elizabeth: The Golden Age; Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End), James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), Chris Addison (The Thick Of It), Peter Capaldi (The Thick Of It; Doctor Who), Gina McKee (The Street; Atonement) and Steve Coogan (A Cock And Bull Story; Night At The Museum).
Produced by Kevin Loader (The History Boys; Captain Corelli's Mandolin) and Adam Tandy (The Thick Of It; I'm Alan Partridge), In The Loop will be shot entirely on location in London, New York and Washington, DC.
The US President and UK Prime Minister suddenly fancy a war. But it'll be quick this time. Promise!
The US General Miller (James Gandolfini) doesn't think so and the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster (Tom Hollander), agrees with him.
But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on prime-time TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, DC.
If Simon can get in with the right DC people, if his entourage of one (Chris Addison) can sleep with the right intern (Anna Chlumsky), and if they can both stop the PM's chief strategist Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) rigging the vote at the UN, they can halt the war.
If they don't... well, they can always sack their advisor Judy (Gina McKee), who they never liked anyway and who's back home dealing with voters with blocked drains and a man who's angry about a collapsing wall (Steve Coogan).
In The Loop: what aren't they telling you?
Armando Iannucci, writer and director: "In these troubled times, I'm delighted that so many talented actors and writers are willing to come and make a comedy about a war on both sides of the Atlantic, and grateful to the BBC and the UK Film Council for their support."
Kevin Loader, producer: "We hope that In The Loop will make you cry with laughter – and possibly fear – as it takes you behind the scenes in the heart of the global political village."
Adam Tandy, producer: "We're thrilled to be bringing Armando's unique comedy talent to a larger audience, with a furiously funny film of international shenanigans."
Christine Langan, Executive Producer for BBC Films: "BBC Films is delighted to be supporting Armando Iannucci's big screen debut, In The Loop – a wickedly funny and timely comedy with real international scope."
David M Thompson, Executive Producer for BBC Films: "We're delighted to have the opportunity to bring Armando's work to the big screen in this highly original work. I am really excited about the way this project has evolved."
Lenny Crooks, Head of the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund: "In The Loop takes the comedy of embarrassment to a new level. It's a privilege to be working with Armando and his team."
Will Clarke, CEO Optimum Releasing: "We are delighted to be involved with In The Loop and working with creative talent that has been at the forefront of British comedy for decades. Armando is a true innovator and we look forward to bringing his vision to UK audiences."
Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction added: "BBC Fiction is a division that prides itself on giving great talent the chance to move from TV drama and comedy to bigger film projects. Armando's new project In The Loop is a great example of this ambition being fulfilled."
In The Loop is a BBC Films, the UK Film Council (Development and New Cinema Funds) production in association with Aramid Entertainment.