The 100-year-old veteran who raised over £33 million for NHS Charities Together is getting the biopic treatment. Captain Sir Tom Moore the movie is being fast-tracked for production next year. According to Variety, Fred Films and Powder Keg Pictures won a bidding war for the life rights to the World War II hero.
Commenting on the announcement, Moore said: “I don’t know of any 100-year-old actors, but I’m sure Michael Caine or Anthony Hopkins could do a wonderful job if they were prepared to age up!”
Well it looks like the movie might start a lot earlier in the centenarian’s life as Benedict Cumberbatch leads the bookies’ favourites to play a young Captain Tom.
The Doctor Strange star is 2-1 for the role according to Coral Bookmakers.
While rumoured next James Bond Tom Hardy is right behind on 3-1.
He added: “We are privileged that Tom and his family have entrusted us to tell their story.”
Moore originally intended to raise £1000 by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.
But during lockdown his tenacity caught the hearts of the nation as he became a symbol of the Blitz spirit amid the pandemic.
After raising tens of millions for charity, Captain Tom was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle in a private ceremony.
Moore also becoming the oldest person to record a UK No 1 single with You’ll Never Walk Alone.
During World War II he served in India and the Burma campaign and later became an instructor in armoured warfare/
After the war, he became managing director of a concrete company, while also being an avid motorbike racer.
A release date for the movie is TBC, but if it’s shot next year then 2022 seems a likely candidate.
Published at Wed, 23 Sep 2020 10:55:00 +0000