April 28, 2014 by dracs
43 years ago the television series Dad’s Army headed to the big screen, bringing us its iconic characters in a feature film. Now it looks like ol’ England still ain’t done as the crew from Warmington-on-Sea is getting recast and sent off to the cinema.
As a dyed-in-the-wool Dad’s Army fanboy you can imagine my initial reaction to this news.
We’re doomed! Doomed!
To my mind, the originals are classics that really don’t need to be taken out for another go. However, I’m starting to get a little more hopeful as I see some of the casting.
Captain Mainwaring, initially played by Arthur Lowe, will this time be portrayed by Toby Jones.
This, of course, won’t be Jones’ first foray into the Second World War as you might recognise him as Arnim Zola from the Captain America movies.
Second, we have one of the all time greats of British cinema stepping into the shoes of John Le Mesurier’s Sergeant Wilson; Bill Nighy.
As well as these initially promising casting choices, it has been stated that the original show’s creator Jimmy Perry will be one of the film’s producers, along with the award winning producer Damian Jones, and that the film’s plot will remain faithful to the show.
This is definitely a film I am nervous about. For one, I can’t help but feel that it is completely unneeded and whether or not modern day cinema will be able to capture the charm of the original is debatable. Still, the casting is good and with the original creator involved we should at least get an entertaining movie.
Which way do you think this could go guys?
Story found at Yahoo Movies.