Rosamund Pike, Ruth Wilson, and Cush Jumbo are in negotiations to star in the film adaptation of Take That’s stage musical The Band. The jukebox stage musical, which featured the songs of the British pop group, follows five schoolgirls who have the ni…
Rosamund Pike, Ruth Wilson, and Cush Jumbo are in negotiations to star in the film adaptation of Take That’s stage musical The Band.
The jukebox stage musical, which featured the songs of the British pop group, follows five schoolgirls who have the night of their lives at a concert from their favorite boy band. They reunite 25 years later and reminisce about their past and discover their future. The show had a limited run on London’s West End between late 2018 and early 2019.
It is now being adapted into a film called Greatest Days, which will be directed by How to Build a Girl’s Coky Giedroyc from a script by Tim Firth, who wrote the stage production.
Oscar-nominated Gone Girl actress Pike, The Affair star Wilson, and The Good Fight’s Jumbo are set to lead the project, which has been described as a “feel-good universal story of love and friendship”. It has not been announced which characters they are in negotiations to play.
“Greatest Days is a film dedicated to all those who have supported us throughout the years,” said Take That in a statement. “It puts a mirror on our audience – it’s a celebration of our music but it’s literally all about the fans and their friendships. Our fans have been on a 30-year journey with us and we have an incredibly strong bond with them, so seeing that they will be represented on screen by such a strong, talented cast is incredibly exciting.”
Take That – compromised of three of the five original members; Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, and Howard Donald – will executive produce the film alongside David Pugh, Dafydd Rogers, Danny Perkins, and Kate Solomon, with the support of Universal Music Group. The musical numbers will be choreographed by Drew McOnie.
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Beanie Feldstein worked part-time in a shop in Wolverhampton, England to try and nail her accent for How to Build a Girl.The 26-year-old actress stars in the upcoming movie, based on the book of the same name by British author Caitlin Moran, as teenage…
Beanie Feldstein worked part-time in a shop in Wolverhampton, England to try and nail her accent for How to Build a Girl.
The 26-year-old actress stars in the upcoming movie, based on the book of the same name by British author Caitlin Moran, as teenager Johanna Morrigan, a working class aspiring writer from Wolverhampton, England who becomes a popular music journalist.
However, Feldstein was concerned that she wasn’t a good fit for the role after she met with Moran and director Coky Giedroyc in London to explore possible sites for filming.
“I called my mom on the way home and said, ‘I don’t know if I’ll get this. It’s such a British story and an experience of a working-class girl in the Midlands, and if they don’t want me for it, I completely understand that,'” she told Variety.
She was offered the role and immediately accepted, and months after the initial meeting, she began working part-time in a shop that had “an end-of-the-world feeling” in Wolverhampton, where Moran is from, to help her nail the regional accent.
And Feldstein was full of praise for the 45-year-old journalist for writing such a candid semi-autobiographical story.
“She gives us all, but specifically teenage girls, permission to make mistakes. And for those mistakes to be folded into your personhood. I loved that,” she shared. “Caitlin’s brilliance is that she wants everyone to do that for themselves. It’s easier to forgive other people, but not yourself. You are not defined by those phases, but they do make you stronger.”
How to Build a Girl, which also stars Alfie Allen, Emma Thompson, and Paddy Considine, will be released on video-on-demand in the U.S. on 8 May.
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