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Gambon and Courtenay to star in Dad's Army film

Dad's Army
Image caption Dad's Army came fourth in a 2004 BBC vote to find Britain's best sitcom

Bill Nighy, Sir Michael Gambon, Toby Jones and Sir Tom Courtenay are among the stars who will appear in a big-screen remake of classic sitcom Dad's Army.

Jones will star as Captain Mainwaring, Nighy will appear as Sergeant Wilson and Courtenay will play Corporal Jones.

Gambon will fill the role of Private Godfrey and there will also be roles for Catherine Zeta Jones, Sarah Lancashire and Mark Gatiss.

The original sitcom followed a hapless World War II Home Guard platoon.

It ran for nine series from 1968 to 1977 and is regarded as one of Britain's greatest TV comedies.

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Image caption Toby Jones (right), who has recently appeared in BBC One's Marvellous, will play Captain Mainwaring
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Image caption Bill Nighy will take the role of Sergeant Wilson, originally played by John Le Mesurier
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Image caption Sir Tom Courtenay will attempt to fill the boots of Clive Dunn as Corporal Jones
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Image caption Danny Mays, who has starred in TV shows like Public Enemies and Outcasts, will play Private Walker
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Image caption The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison will take Ian Lavender's role as 'stupid boy' Private Pike
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Image caption Sir Michael Gambon, star of Harry Potter and The Singing Detective, will step in as the ageing Private Godfrey
Image caption Bill Paterson, seen in TV's Outlander and 37 Days, will be Frazer, whose catchphrase was 'We're doomed'

The story will see Zeta Jones play a glamorous journalist sent to report on the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard before MI5 discovers that there is a German spy in the fictional British town.

The film will be directed by Oliver Parker, who made Johnny English Reborn, St Trinian's and Othello starring Sir Kenneth Branagh.

The script will be written by Hamish McColl, who wrote Johnny English Reborn and Mr Bean's Holiday.

The film, which will begin shooting this month in Yorkshire, has been supported by Screen Yorkshire's Yorkshire Content Fund.

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