Steve Coogan's big-screen outing not headed for the US

Filming of the forthcoming Alan Partridge film is set to start next year with it’s eponymous hero staying put in the UK.

It had been speculated that the fictional chat show host-turned-Radio Norwich DJ would end up crossing the pond to seek fame and fortune.

But speaking to Empire at the Cannes Film Festival, head of BBC Films Christine Langan put paid to those rumours. “It’s Partridge as you know and love him. It’s Partridge on home turf. We’re not doing anything crazy or wild or exotic with him that would be out of character. It’s absolutely pure Partridge.”

Last month The Guardian reported that much of the shoot may in fact take place in the character’s hometown of Norwich. The as-yet-untitled film will be written by Steve Coogan, Peter Baynham and Armando Iannucci. No director has been confirmed.

Steve Coogan can be seen later in the year in My Idiot Brother starring Paul Rudd and Zooey Deschanel. He is currently filming Good Vibrations with Michael Fassbender and Misfits star Robert Sheehan, the story of Terri Hooley, a Belfast record store owner responsible for bringing punk music to Ireland.