‘Inbetweener’ Blake Harrison to star in big screen reboot of sitcom ‘Dad’s Army’

The film will also star Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Mark Gatiss

The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison has been cast in a big-screen reboot of the classic British sitcom Dad’s Army.

The actor best known for his role as Neil in the Channel 4 show – and its movie spin-offs – will join a cast that also includes Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta Jones and Mark Gatiss.

Harrison will take Ian Lavender’s role as ‘stupid boy’ Private Pike, reports the BBC.

The original sitcom ran for nine series between 1968 and 1977 and came fourth in a BBC vote to find Britain’s best sitcom in 2004.

Dad’s Army followed the slapstick exploits of a WWII Home Guard platoon led by Captain Mainwaring who will be played by Toby Jones in the new film.

Bill Nighy will take the role of Sergeant Wilson, originally played by John Le Mesurier, while Harry Potter star Michael Gambon will play the part of the ageing Private Godfrey.

According to the report, Zeta Jones will play a glamorous journalist sent to report on the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard before MI5 discovers that there is a German spy in the fictional British town.

The film will begin shooting in Yorkshire this month and is directed by Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn) from a script by Hamish McColl (Mr Bean’s Holiday).