Sunday 25 February 2018

Catherine Zeta-Jones captivates Dad's Army cast in movie trailer

Toby Jones as George Mainwaring and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Rose Winters in the big-screen adaptation of Dad's Army (Universal Pictures/PA Wire)
Toby Jones as George Mainwaring and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Rose Winters in the big-screen adaptation of Dad's Army (Universal Pictures/PA Wire)

Catherine Zeta-Jones and her figure-hugging red suit steal the show in the new trailer for Dad's Army.

The 46-year-old stars as journalist Rose Winters in the big-screen version of the BBC's classic sitcom.

In the comic trailer, her character raises eyebrows and causes a stir as she sashays into the fictional town of Walmington-on-Sea.

"Chanel in Walmington!" a captivated resident is heard to say.

"I saw that. You just slipped her a sausage!" Alison Steadman's Mavis Pike exclaims as the local butcher hands Winters a package.

"Associated Press. I'm doing an article on the Home Guard, and you come highly recommended," Winters tells Captain Mainwaring, played by Toby Jones.

The writer is seen taking tea with Mainwaring, flattering him with the words: "You remind me of someone... Winston Churchill!'

The Captain agrees, adding: "I'd like to think that if we met, we'd both be the richer for it."

The movie is due for release in February 2016 and as the trailer opens, the Home Guard is marching through the town decorated with bunting and flags.

"That's right. Shoulders back - you're a sergeant in the Home Guard, not a sack of potatoes!" Mainwaring barks at second in command, Sergeant Wilson played by Bill Nighy.

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss's Colonel Theakes informs Mainwaring about "an enemy spy operating in the area."

Mainwaring can barely contain his excitement: "This is it men, our chance to play a real part in this war," he tells his troops.

Blake Harrison from The Inbetweeners plays Private Pike, complete with the character's famous scarf: "I'll catch him, Sir. What does he look like?"

"We don't know, Frank. That's rather the point with spies," Wilson drily responds before Mainwaring hurls his trademark put-down at Pike: "Stupid boy!"

The cast is rounded out by Michael Gambon as Private Godfrey, Tom Courtenay as Lance-Corporal Jack Jones, Bill Paterson as Private Fraser and Mrs Biggs star Daniel Mays as Private Joe Walker.

The film, which sees the bumbling Home Guard track down an enemy spy with a little help from glamorous Winters, hits cinemas nearly 50 years after the classic TV series first aired in 1968.

Set in 1944, just as the Second World War is coming to an end, t he trailer also includes a snip of the men stumbling upon a bull, comic army manoeuvres, an explosion and the classic line: "Don't panic!"

At its height, Dad's Army commanded audiences of nearly 20 million viewers. It is still averaging very solid viewing figures of nearly two million with its latest rerun on BBC Two.

Huge anticipation surrounds this big-screen adaptation thanks to its top-notch cast.

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