Ruth Wilson to star in movie musical 'Greatest Days' inspired by the music of Take That

Tom Butler
Senior Editor
Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange of Take That visit the Statue of Liberty in New York, 1995 (Photo by DaveHogan/Getty Images)

Ruth Wilson, Cush Jumbo, and Rosamund Pike are in talks to join Greatest Days, a movie musical inspired by the music of Take That.

It’s an adaptation of Tim Firth’s jukebox musical The Band, which features music and lyrics by the pop group. It opened in Manchester in 2017 before touring the UK and eventually hitting London’s West End in 2018. The musical tells the story of five women who were hardcore fans of fictional pop group The Band, who reunite years later to see the group perform one more time.

Hit songs which will be featured in the film include ‘Patience’, ‘Back For Good’, ‘A Million Love Songs’, ‘Relight My Fire’, and ‘Could It Be Magic’. The group is in talks to pen an original song for the feel-good movie. 

Ruth Wilson and Rosamund Pike, 2018. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for IWC Schaffhausen)

A statement from Take That said: “Greatest Days is a film dedicated to all those who have supported us throughout the years. It puts a mirror on our audience – it’s a celebration of our music but it’s literally all about the fans and their friendships. Our fans have been on a 30-year journey with us and we have an incredibly strong bond with them, so seeing that they will be represented on screen by such a strong, talented cast is incredibly exciting.”

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Formed in 1989 by members Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Jason Orange, Take That is one of the biggest boy bands of all time, having sold over 45 million records worldwide with 12 number 1 UK hits. The band’s current line up consists of Barlow, Owen and Donald.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 10: Actress Cush Jumbo holding her OBE during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, on October 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Here’s a synopsis: “Inspired by the songs of Take That, one of the world’s biggest pop acts, GREATEST DAYS is a feel-good universal story of love and friendship. Developed with the support of Universal Music Group, the film focuses on five schoolgirls who have the night of their lives at a concert from their favorite boy band. 25 years later their lives have changed in a myriad of ways as they reunite to reminisce about their past and discover their future.”

The project is currently seeking finance at the virtual Cannes Film Festival which is taking place online after the physical event was cancelled due to coronavirus.

Take That band members, from left, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the musical 'The Band', in London, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Directed by Coky Giedroyc (How To Build A Girl), written by Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots), and choreographed by Drew McOnie, Ruth Wilson (His Dark Materials), Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight) and Rosamund Pike (Radioactive) are all said to in negotiation to star,

Danny Perkins and Kate Solomon will produce via their Elysian Film Group banner alongside Damian Jones and his DJ Films banner. Take That, David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers will executive produce the project.