Friday, February 27, 2009

War Games

The latest issue of Empire film magazine reveals that Peter Capaldi - star of BBC's The Thick of It, and soon to be seen as Mr. Frobisher in Children of Earth - has a movie coming out this April. In the Loop is directed by Armando Iannucci, in his directorial debut (his previous writing credits include The Day Today, I'm Alan Partridge and the aforementioned The Thick of It) and also stars James Gandofini, of The Sopranos fame.

With regards to plot, here's what Empire has to say: "The British PM and US President have decided it's a good time for a war in the Middle East. It's vehemently opposed by US General Miller (Gandofini) and British Minister For International Development Simon Foster (Tom Hollander), even if the latter accidentally finds himself in support after a gaffe during an interview..."

Capaldi supposedly plays the same character here that he does in The Thick of It series, that of spin-doctor and political pitbull Malcolm Tucker - a role based upon the real life political advisor Alastair Campbell. "It's not completely not The Thick of It: The Movie, that's for sure" producer Kevin Loader spills, "Half of us are kind of saying it's not, and half of us are saying of course it's The Thick of It: The Movie, and what's to be ashamed of in that?"

In the Loop is released here in the UK on April 17, certificate TBC. It made its US debut at the Sundance Film Festival back in January.

As for Capaldi's other role, you can catch him in the Children of Earth trailer here.

Torchwood's third season hits our screens in June.
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