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Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones among cast of Universal's 'Dad's Army'

Catherine Zeta Jones

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Universal Pictures has picked up the international rights to an upcoming comedy based on a long-running BBC sitcom, Dad’s Army. Universal and production companies Screen Yorkshire and DJ Films announced the film’s cast, which will transport a number of famous English actors back to World War II.

Bll Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Gambon, and Toby Jones are just a few of the many stars now set for Dad’s Army. The film, directed by Oliver Parker, revolves around the British army’s Home Guard in Walmington-on-Sea just as World War II is about to reach its climax. The Guard has been tasked with patrolling the Dover army base, but as a journalist (Zeta-Jones) arrives on the scene to write about their mission and word of a spy among their ranks breaks out, the outcome of the entire war becomes threatened.

The cast also includes a number of British actors including Tom Courtenay, Mark Gatiss, Blake Harrison, Danny Mays as Walker, Bill Paterson, Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman, and Annette Crosbie.

Dad’s Army will begin shooting this month on location in Yorkshire from a script written by Johnny English Reborn and Mr. Bean’s Holiday screenwriter Hamish McColl. The original Dad’s Army ran for nine series from 1968 to 1977.