Sunday 19 January 2020

Ricky Gervais is bringing The Office's David Brent to the big screen

Ricky Gervais as David Brent in the programme 'The Office.'
Ricky Gervais as David Brent in the programme 'The Office.'

Jess Denham

Ricky Gervais is bringing David Brent to the big screen for his own movie, Life on the Road.

The British comedian, 53, shot to worldwide fame in the role of Slough regional manager David Brent in The Office during the early 2000s.

Shooting on the BBC film is scheduled to begin in 2015, producers have confirmed.

Fans can expect to find out what Brent is up to 15 years since he was made redundant at the end of the second series, a press release hinted.

“He’s a sales rep now, selling cleaning products up and down the country, but has never really given up on his dream of being a rock star,” it read.

Brent sets out on a self-funded tour, but has to “cash in a couple of pensions because the session musicians are costing him more than he’s getting in ticket sales”.

Described by the BBC as “a philosopher to rival Descartes, a musician to rival Texas and a dancer to rival MC Hammer”, Brent became an iconic character.

Shown in more than 100 countries and remade in eight, The Office is the most successful British comedy ever.

Rumours of a movie first surfaced last summer but only now have more details been released and the green light given.

Gervais has performed several UK gigs in character as part of his band Foregone Conclusion and launched a YouTube channel featuring ‘Learn Guitar’ videos.

He is nominated for the Lead Actor in Comedy accolade at this year’s Emmy Awards, alongside Shameless’ William H Macy and The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons.

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