Filming is finally underway for the long-awaited movie based on Steve Coogan’s beloved character Alan Partridge. Chortle reports that production on the UK film, which has a working title of Alan Partridge: The Movie, has just begun and that some roads in England are being closed to shoot a big car chase scene. Writer Armando Iannucci told the press last year that the movie will follow Partridge’s battle with a media conglomerate after they take over the digital radio station he works at and rebrand it “Shape.” Set to reprise their roles are Felicity Montagu as Partridge’s mousey personal assistant Lynn Benfield, Simon Greenall as heavily-accented handyman Michael, and Tim Key as Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters sidekick. Sean Pertwee, Dustin Demri-Burns, Colm Meaney, Anna Maxwell Martin, Monica Dolan, Phil Cornwell, Nigel Lindsay, and Darren Boyd are also set to appear. There’s no word on when the film will officially be released, but it’s expected to hit theaters in the UK this summer and will probably debut in the US an excruciatingly long time later.
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