Dad's Army: watch the first trailer
An all-star cast, including Bill Nighy and Catherine Zeta-Jones, appears in the movie remake of the classic TV series
The first trailer has been released for the feature-length remake of Dad’s Army, the popular British sitcom that ran from 1968 to 1977.
As in the original TV series, the new film follows the exploits of the Home Guard Platoon, stationed in the fictional town of Walmington-on-Sea during the Second World War.
Well-loved characters from the original series will return, played by an impressive roll-call of British talent. Toby Jones plays the blustering bank manager turned commander Captain George Mainwaring, who was portrayed in the original series by Arthur Lowe.
Bill Nighy plays Sergeant Arthur Wilson, while Sir Tom Courtenay plays Lance Corporal Jack Jones. Michael Gambon takes on the role of frail medical orderly Private Charles Godfrey.
Daniel Mays plays Private Joe Walker, and The Inbetweeners' Blake Harrison plays the young Private Frank Pike.
The only returning member of the original cast is Frank Williams, who will reprise his role as the well-meaning but fractious Reverend Timothy Farthing. The writers of the original series, David Croft and Jimmy Perry, were among the writing team on the remake.
The film’s narrative begins in 1944, after the events of the TV series. A glamorous journalist, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, comes to Walmington-on-Sea to report on the Home Guard Platoon, and MI5 discovers that a German spy is present in the town.
The film is directed by Oliver Parker, director of St Trinian’s and Johnny English: Reborn. It is due for release in February 2016.