Feature is based on the character made famous in BBC comedy The Office.
Principal photography has begun today on David Brent: Life On The Road, directed, written and starring Ricky Gervais.
The feature sees a documentary crew catching up with David Brent 12 years on from the BBC2 ‘documentary’ The Office. Brent is now a travelling salesman, chasing his dream of rock stardom by self-financing a UK tour with his band, Foregone Conclusion.
Shooting on location in and around London and Slough, production will shoot for five weeks and is due to wrap on Dec 18.
In addition to Gervais, the cast includes Ben Bailey Smith as Dom, most recently seen rapping in Brent’s Equality Street and writer-comedian Tom Basden as Dan, Brent’s road manager.
The film sees the introduction of Brent’s new office colleagues including love-struck Pauline (Jo Hartley), his ‘comedic’ partner in crime Nigel (Tom Bennett), his office nemesis Jezza (Andrew Brooke) and his much needed therapist (Nina Sosanya). Brent’s drummer in his band ‘Foregone Conclusion’ is Andy Burrows, who has been a member of British band Razorlight and US group We Are Scientists.
The cast also includes Kevin Bishop, Roisin Conaty, Diane Morgan, Ashley McGuire, Alexander Arnold and Mandeep Dhillon.
Executive producers are Duncan Hayes, Christine Langan and Alex Hamilton. The film is produced by Charlie Hanson, who previously worked with Gervais on Cemetery Junction, Derek and Extras, and it is co-produced by Katie Mavroleon.
David Brent: Life On The Road is a LOTR Films Ltd production, co-financed by Entertainment One (eOne) and BBC Films.
eOne will release across multiple territories with the UK in August 2016 and eOne Features is handling worldwide sales.
Gervais was recently announced as the host of the 73rd Golden Globes, the fourth time he has taken on hosting duties for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.