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There’s going to be a Take That musical, Aisling Bea is set to star and we’ve got one question – Could It Be Magic?


By Sarah Gill
25th Mar 2022

Rachell Smith / aislingbea.com

There’s going to be a Take That musical, Aisling Bea is set to star and we’ve got one question – Could It Be Magic?

The crossover episode we never knew we needed, we have high hopes that this comedy musical will relight the fire of nineties boy band nostalgia, finally bringing it back for good.

Okay, that’s enough puns for today.

Everyone’s favourite Kildare-born triple threat, Aisling Bea will be lending her acting talents to the all singing, all dancing jukebox movie Greatest Day. Based on Take That’s hit stage musical The Band, — written by Tim Firth, the mind that brought us Calendar Girls — the film follows five school friends who had their lives changed when seeing their favourite boy band perform live.

Reuniting 25 years later, the story follows the journey of one group of old friends as they reconnect and reminisce. A tale that’s set to feature all the greatest plot devices — love, friendship and an almighty score of nineties pop anthems — we are so ready for this.

After nabbing the title of Best Actor for This Way Up at the NME Awards, Bea said, “There’s a long correlation between music and comedy, the sound of the two of them and how much they rely on rhythm.” A veritable pro when it comes to comedic timing, the actress-cum-writer is no stranger to our screens. She starred in the recent Home Alone remake, Home Sweet, Home Alone on Disney+, and acted alongside Paul Rudd in Netflix’s Living with Yourself.

Take That’s very own Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen and Howard Donald are executive producers on the project and have confirmed that the film will feature several of their greatest hits — of which there are many. With 28 Top 40 singles, 12 number one hits and a whole lot of awards of their name, the Take That back catalogue certainly warrants a movie of its own.

The four-piece boy band will be played by Aaron Bryan, Dalvin Cory, Joshua Jung, Mark Samaras and Mervin Noronha, while Coky Giedroyc (How To Build A Girl) will be taking the director’s seat. Aisling Bea will star alongside Alice Lowe (Black Mirror), Amaka Okafor (The Responder) and Marc Wootton who starred as Mr Poppy in Nativity!.

While the exact date has not been revealed as of yet, filming begins in April and Elysian Film Group Distribution plans to release the film theatrically in the UK in 2023. I suppose we’ll just have to have a little patience…