Movie version of beloved BBC sitcom arrives in cinemas this summer
The first trailer for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has been revealed today (April 27) with the sitcom characters fleeing London for the south of France.
The film hits cinemas this summer and will see the BBC series scale up the fashionista drama for the big screen. Edina and Patsy (played by Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are forced out of the country after accidentally killing Kate Moss at a fashion party.
Running away from the paparazzi they wind up on the French Riviera, where they may just end up staying forever.
The film will boast a number of musician cameos, including Tinie Tempah and La Roux. Spice Girls’ Emma Bunton, Lulu and Ella Eyre will also appear in the film, joining a massive roll call of guest stars including Nick Grimshaw, Kate Moss, Jon Hamm, Game Of Thrones‘s Gwendoline Christie, Alexa Chung, Peep Show‘s Robert Webb, Mark Gatiss, Alesha Dixon and Joan Collins.
Jerry Hall, Dame Edna Everage, Graham Norton, Glee‘s Chris Colfer and supermodel Lily Cole are all confirmed to appear too. Further celebrity cameos will be revealed later this week when the first proper trailer for the film is released.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie opens in UK cinemas on July 1. Alongside Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, fellow original cast members Julia Sawalha (Saffy), Jane Horrocks (Bubble) and June Whitfield (Mother) return. Kathy Burke, Celia Imrie, Helen Lederer and Harriet Thorpe have also reprised their guest roles from the original series.
Korean-American comedian Margaret Cho recently accused the film of racism for casting Scottish The Krankees actress Janette Tough as a male Japanese designer called Huki Muki.
Created and written by Jennifer Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous debuted on BBC One in 1992 and has followed the lives of PR guru Edina Monsoon and magazine editor Patsy Stone for 39 episodes. The show last returned for a series of three specials airing on Christmas Day 2011, New Year’s Day 2012 and July 23, 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics.