A new film about Britain’s greatest boy band of all time, Take That, has just wrapped filming near Manchester, northern England, and will then head to the sunnier climes of Athens, Greece .
Irish comedian Aisling Bea, who plays a longtime fan of the band, was spotted filming a wedding scene in the small town of Clitheroe, Lancashire last week, the actors playing the band members covering her with confetti.
The emotional scene saw her leaving a church with her husband in the film, played by Nativity’s Marc Wootton! Fame.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new film Greatest Days, which Take That itself has previously said is “a celebration of our music” that’s “all about the fans and their friendships.”
The best days – in a word
The new film is based on Tim Firth’s jukebox musical The Band, which debuted in Manchester in 2017, before embarking on a national tour of the UK and Ireland.
The musical, centered around the chart-topping music of Take That, also had a limited run in London’s West End in 2018 and 2019.
The film adaptation was also written by Firth, who was previously on the writing teams of hit British comedies Calendar Girls and Kinky Boots.
Key cast and plot
Filmmaker Coky Giedroyc (How to Build a Girl), who has worked primarily in television during her long career, is directing the film.
The storyline for the big-screen version is expected to stick closely to that of the original musical, in which four women who were best friends as teenagers reunite to finally fulfill their dream of seeing the band perform live.
The three remaining members of Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, are all involved in the film as executive producers.
There are also rumors that the band may be writing original songs for the film, according to Deadline.
The cast of the feel-good musical also includes Alice Lowe (Black Mirror), Amaka Okafor (The Responder), Marc Wootton (Nativity!) and Lara McDonnell (Belfast).
Meanwhile, the band itself will be played by newcomers Aaron Bryan, Dalvin Cory, Joshua Jung, Mark Samaras and Mervin Noronha, all of whom are also professional dancers.
What was said?
In a statement when the film was first announced, Take That, which has sold over 45 million records worldwide and 12 UK number ones, said: “Greatest Days is a film dedicated to all those who have supported us over the years.”
“Our fans have been on a 30 year journey with us and we have an incredibly strong bond with them, so to see them being represented on screen by such a strong and talented cast is incredibly exciting,” the current trio added. .
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