Aisling Bea to star in Take That movie – News

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Friday, March 4, 2022, 10:35 a.m. by Jay Richardson

  • Aisling Bea must star in The best daysa jukebox movie with the band’s greatest hits
  • The comic stars Rachel, one of five Take That fans reunited after 25 years
  • Bea won Best Actor for This Way Up at the NME Awards on Wednesday night

Aisling Bea


Aisling Bea to star in Take That jukebox movie The best days she revealed.

“I’m working on a film of the music from Take That,” she told the NME at the music magazine’s annual awards show on Wednesday.

Picking up the best actor award for her Channel 4 sitcom This Way Up, which she also wrote and created, she added: “I think there’s a long correlation between music and comedy, the sound of two and how much they rely on rhythm.”

Based on the musical Take That The group, The best days follows five schoolgirls whose lives are changed at a concert by their favorite boy band, then reunites 25 years later to reminisce.

Bea plays Rachel, one of the grown girls. Last month she shared a cast on social media for an 18-20 year old actor identifying as female to play a 16 year old version of herself, who could sing, dance and has an “emotional acting range”.

Rehearsals are currently underway for the film, which will be shot in the UK and Greece and directed by Coky Giedroyc (How To Build A Girl), with other actors reportedly including Rosamund Pike, Cush Jumbo and Ruth Wilson.

Produced by Take That’s Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, alongside David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, the film will feature many of the band’s biggest hits, including A million love songs, rekindle my fire, Can it be magic, back for good and Patience.

Bea, who has already acted in films like last year’s Alone at home to restart Home Sweet Home alone and Love Wedding Repeat, as well as upcoming vegetable comedy Swede Caroline, starring Jo Hartley, Alice Lowe, Fay Ripley and idiosyncratic stand-up Mark Silcox, is also writing an unannounced film “with a lovely American guy who’s in production right now,” said she told the NME last year.

She has already written an unreleased film on beach volleyball, beach slapwith Deep Heat writer Andrew Ellard.

Winning fellow Best Actor nominees Mae Martin, Ncuti Gatwa, Olly Alexander and Zendaya, Bea used his win to pay tribute to the late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan.

“Myself and Sharon Horgan had a moment where we sang ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries, and it took off,” she said, of an infamous scene from the first series of This Way. Up. “I would like to dedicate this award to the great and late Dolores O’Riordan, for whom I am in awe.”

You can watch a clip of that scene, showcasing her singing voice, here:

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