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Ryan Harper

Outside of Britain, Dad's Army may be unknown to most.

But, this comedy classic set in wartime Britain during World War 2 is one of the most well known BBC comedies in history, with a movie now in the works 37 years since the final episode aired.

The original series followed a group of ageing volunteers in the Home Guard, which was Britain's last line of defence in the event of a Nazi invasion during World War 2. The original series ran for 9 years, with a feature length film under it's belt as well. It's regarded as one of the best British comedies in history and now the BBC reports that a Dad's Army film, with a new cast, is in the works.

"It's been in the air for a long time, up to now I haven't taken it too seriously. When I signed the contract to release the film rights, one provision was that I didn't have to write anything, I didn't have to do anything. I'm letting them get on with it." - Dad's Army Co-Writer Jimmy Perry on BBC Radio 5 Live

Only two actors have been mentioned for the adaptation so far, Bill Nighy (Shaun Of The Dead) and Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger). Jones is to fill the lead role of Captain Mainwaring, originally played by Arthur Lowe, the commanding officer in the original series and leader of the Home Guard in the fictional town of Walmington-On-Sea.

Johnny English Reborn and St Trinians director Oliver Parker is slated to direct it, with Johnny English Reborn writer Hamish McColl writing the script. No release date has been mentioned as of yet.

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