There’s a new Take That in town – sort of. First-look images are emerging and upcoming actors are playing the roles of the famous quintet – Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange – for an all-new musical film.
Greatest Days is set to be based on Manchester band The Band’s jukebox musical, which had its world premiere at Manchester Opera House in September 2017, before embarking on a UK and Ireland tour and touring tour. appear at the Theater Royal Haymarket in London’s West End in December. 2018.
Take That remains three members, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen released a statement on film news, by Calendar Girls writer Tim Firth, in April 2020. The story will follow five best friends who have the night of their lives while at the concert of their favorite boy band. The group then reunites after 25 years, reminiscing about their past as they walk down life’s different paths.
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Gary, Howard and Mark said at the time: “Greatest Days is a film dedicated to everyone who has supported us over the years. It puts a mirror on our audience – it’s a celebration of our music but it’s literally all about the fans and their friendships.
“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 group will be portrayed by newcomers Aaron Bryan, Dalvin Cory, Joshua Jung, Mark Samaras and Mervin Noronha, while comedian and actress Aisling Bea has also been announced as part of the cast alongside Jayde Adams, Lara McDonnell, Jessie Mae Alonzo, Nandi Hudson, Carragon Guest and Eliza Dobson.
When her casting was announced last month, Aisling said that after two years of the pandemic, she was “ready to reignite my fire and sing and dance in this festival of joy and feel-good from a movie.” .
“I’ve waited a long time for Take That to know who I am. I’ve played the long game, but I feel like I’m so close now,” she added. My dream is that they ask me to sing Lulu’s solo on stage, so I hope they read this quote and take THAT into consideration.”
At the time the casting was announced, Take That said, “It’s a really exciting time for us! We’re really looking forward to working with such a talented and creative team on the film and we’re absolutely thrilled to have a cast as brilliant. on board!”
Rehearsals were reported to have started earlier this year and it now appears filming has begun with the cast spotted in Clitheroe, Lancashire.
And it appeared they were having a lot of fun during filming as they filmed a wedding scene in a church alongside Aisling who looked stunning in a white long-sleeved midi dress alongside Marc Wootton who played the married in the film as ‘ the group excitedly exited the church, wearing matching blue suits, before throwing confetti at the happy couple.
Irish star Aisling was also seen warming up in a fluffy dressing gown between takes and keeping her hair out of the damp weather in a sheer hairnet.
Other scenes showed the band during a more sober affair, with “the band” all wearing black suits and ties and again leaving a church.
The film is not due out until 2023 but is expected to screen in UK cinemas.