David Brent movie: Ricky Gervais to bring The Office character to the big screen

Shooting for Life on the Road is scheduled to begin in 2015 and will see everyone's favourite regional manager follow his rock star dream

Jess Denham@jess_denham
Tuesday 05 August 2014 17:19
David Brent on stage at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London
David Brent on stage at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London

Ricky Gervais is bringing David Brent to the big screen for his own movie, Life on the Road.

The British comedian, 53, shot to worldwide fame in the role of Slough regional manager David Brent in The Office during the early 2000s.

Shooting on the BBC film is scheduled to begin in 2015, producers have confirmed.

Fans can expect to find out what Brent is up to 15 years since he was made redundant at the end of the second series, a press release hinted.

“He’s a sales rep now, selling cleaning products up and down the country, but has never really given up on his dream of being a rock star,” it read.

Brent sets out on a self-funded tour, but has to “cash in a couple of pensions because the session musicians are costing him more than he’s getting in ticket sales”.

Described by the BBC as “a philosopher to rival Descartes, a musician to rival Texas and a dancer to rival MC Hammer”, Brent became an iconic character.

Shown in more than 100 countries and remade in eight, The Office is the most successful British comedy ever.

Rumours of a movie first surfaced last summer but only now have more details been released and the green light given.

Gervaish has performed several UK gigs in character as part of his band Foregone Conclusion and launched a YouTube channel featuring ‘Learn Guitar’ videos.

He is nominated for the Lead Actor in Comedy accolade at this year’s Emmy Awards, alongside Shameless’ William H Macy and The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons.

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