Gary Barlow wants James Corden to play him in ‘Take That: The Movie’

He says Matt Damon should play Robbie and Brad Pitt should co-star as Jason Orange...

Gary Barlow has revealed that he wants James Corden to play him in a Take That movie.

However, Barlow admitted that the pop group’s rise, break-up and unexpected comeback may seem unrealistic on the big screen. He told The Sun: “No one’s ever approached us about it, never. We’ve been offered musicals and talked about them for years now but never a film. It is one of those stories ours, where if you wrote it down and gave it to someone they’d go, ‘Well it’s a good story, but it wouldn’t come true’. It feels like 20 years of madness, but it is a good story.”

Discussing possible stars, Barlow suggested a rather unlikely company of actors, saying: “I’d definitely have James Corden to play me – he’s such a great bloke, I love him. Howard Donald always thinks he looks like Willem Dafoe, so that would be a good one. Jason Orange is a bit Brad Pitt. Who’d be Mark? It’d be Ant or Dec, or you could even do both. And probably someone like Matt Damon should take on the role of Robbie Williams.”


Barlow also suggested that the script should be written by Willy Russell, the playwright behind Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine. He added: “Someone British should definitely make it. I’m not that hot on films but I could see someone quite northern and funny coming up with it. The Scouser Willy Russell, he’s done plays but he’s also done films. He’s the sort of guy that would be great – I think we should get him to do it.”

Barlow is currently in the middle of his first full solo tour in 13 years. His 25-date jaunt around the UK and Ireland began at Bournemouth International Centre on November 13 and concludes at Manchester Apollo on January 20. Take That are expected to reconvene – without Robbie Williams – for a new album next year (2013).


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