Take That movie musical 'Greatest Days' reveals cast including Rosamund Pike

25 June 2020, 11:28 | Updated: 25 June 2020, 12:09

Take That's Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow in Japan in 1995
Take That's Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow in Japan in 1995. Picture: Getty

By Rory O'Connor

Take That's musical The Band, which saw a run in the West End, is being turned into a film - and now fans have been given a first look at the cast.

Take That’s Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen and Howard Donald will executive produce the film, the same as they did for The Band.

Producers hope to start filming later this year and are said to be in the casting process for the film, which is set to be titled Greatest Days.

The film will follow five schoolgirls who had their lives changed at a concert of their favourite boyband, and then reunite 25 years later to reminisce on their memories.

Take That musical 'The Band' is being turned into a movie by Gary, Robbie, Mark and Howard
Take That musical 'The Band' is being turned into a movie by Gary, Robbie, Mark and Howard. Picture: PA

Tim Firth penned the musical, which began touring in 2017 and told the story of five teenage schoolgirls who were obsessed with a boy band in the early 90s.

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Cush Jumbo, Ruth Wilson and Rosamund Pike are currently in talks to star in the film.

Tim told the Daily Mail: “A tragedy happens, then we jump forward 25 years to see the women those girls became and they realise they were fools to have been apart for so long.

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“It’s about friendship and the power of the songs they loved. The band and the bits are secondary; it’s about the fans who loved them.”

Take That's Mark, Robbie, Gary and Howard attending 'The Band'
Take That's Mark, Robbie, Gary and Howard attending 'The Band'. Picture: PA

Mel Giedroyc’s sister Coky Giedroyc is set to direct the film, which will also include a number of Take That songs, such as ‘Could It Be Magic’ and ‘Relight My Fire’.

Take That said: “Greatest Days is a film dedicated to all those who have supported us throughout 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 seeing that they will be represented on screen by such a strong, talented cast is incredibly exciting.”

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