DAD’S ARMY MOVIE REBOOT: FIRST LOOK

LONDON – The movie reboot of much loved BBC sit-com Dad’s Army has released the first picture EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec which shows stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in the roles of Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson.

For those unfamiliar with the show, Dad’s Army follows the adventures of an inept platoon of the British ‘Home Guard’ tasked with defending England from a possible German invasion in the midst of World War Two. An essentially English affair, Schwarzenegger and Stallone are both adamant that they will adopt convincing British accents and they are joined by other Hollywood big hitters Catherine Zeta Jones as a glamorous journalist and Mel Gibson who will dust off his Scottish accent to play the role of the fiery Scot, Frazer.

Director Oliver Parker told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

Initially we were going to go with Michael Gambon and Tom Courtenay, both marvelous actors, but then Stallone got in touch and he revealed that he and Arnie were huge fans of the original show and wanted to take part. Once I saw The Expendables 3 I knew we could do it. Essentially with The Expendables franchise they were already making an American version of Dad’s Army, or Granddad’s Army perhaps! Ha ha! Actually don’t print that.

Dad’s Army is only the latest in a stream of Hollywood movies based on Brit Sit-Coms, the others being Tommy Lee Jones long gestating Are You Being Served? and a star studded ‘re-imagining’ of Last of the Summer Wine.

Dad’s Army will be released in 2016.
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DAMIEN LEWIS SIGNS ON FOR YOUNG DUMBLEDORE

HOLLYWOOD – Homeland and Band of Brothers star Damien Lewis has signed on to play Albus Dumbledore in the new Warner Bros Harry Potter spin-off Young Albus.

The news came as something of a surprise following as it did a week in which Mr. Lewis appeared to criticize actors Ian McKellan and Michael Gambon as fruity actors who wind up playing wizards. Sir Ian responded in an interview with the British publication The Radio Times that ‘no one needs to feel sorry for me’. Captain Brody later apologized saying his comments had been taken out of context. Some believe that his decision to play the Hogwarts headmaster to be might be an act of contrition, although he denied this.

The fact of the matter is I was already in talks to play Albus long before this furor. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and the script is full of fantastic stuff and humor so I’m really looking forward to playing the role. Plus Homeland has kind of jumped the shark. And I don’t want to be one of those actors like Hugh Laurie, or Dominic West, or George Clooney who can’t escape television. Oh wait, I hope they won’t be offended by that.

The first Harry Potter film not to be based on a J.K. Rowling novel, Young Albus does however have the author’s full approval. ‘I admire Damien as an actor,’ said Rowling. ‘And David Mamet’s script is a really interesting change in direction. With a lot of people repeating each other’s lines.’

Young Albus is due out in 2015.