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The Men At The Pru Gets New Title
Gervais comedy now Cemetery Junction

28 April 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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The Men At The Pru – the first feature film to be co-written and directed by The Office and Extras creators, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant – is no longer called The Men At The Pru. Instead, the British comedy will now be called Cemetery Junction.

And that’s not all – today also saw the announcement of the film’s official synopsis, as well as the principal cast members, all of whom are virtual unknowns.

Christian Cooke, who gave it his best pout recently as the star of ITV’s glossy monster show, Demons, will star as Freddie, a young man growing up in 1970s England along with his best friends, Bruce (Tom Hughes) and lovable loser Snork (Jack Doolan, aka Tyler from Green Green Grass).

Although the trio, who all work at Prudential (hence the original title) spend their time laughing, drinking, fighting and chasing after the ladies, Freddie wants more, and gets a job as a door-to-door saleman. There, he bumps into his old school sweetheart, Julie (Felicity Jones, recently seen in Brideshead Revisited), and all bets are off.

The quartet of young actors join the already-cast Ralph Fiennes and Gervais, and continue Gervais and Merchant’s penchant for unearthing new talent.

However, it’s the synopsis that has surprised us most. We always assumed that The Men At The Pru – sorry, Cemetery Junction – would be an office-based comedy, but we should have known better. After all, why would Gervais and Merchant want to repeat themselves?

Instead, Cemetery Junction will be a gentle, funny, universal tale about someone who wants more out of life.

“ We want to capture the spirit of those classic British New Wave movies of the 1960s that made stars of Albert Finney, Julie Christie and Michael Caine,” said Gervais and Merchant in an official statement. “We are so excited about our fresh young cast – they are all film stars in waiting. Cemetery Junction is going to be glossy and glorious, full of humour, romance and drama as well as our usual observations on the truth and absurdity of real life.”

Sounds grand to us. Filming will begin in and around London on June 15th, 2009. Needless to say, Empire is going to be all over this one.


 


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Please be joking..
Cementry Junction, what a shite hole in reading, suppose its a tad better than where gervais comes from More

Posted by Palmer_zan at 22:41 on 28 April 2009 | Report This Post

that is brilliant, you have to love mr cods fish and chip shop. oh by the way the granby is gay bar. Whatever floats your boat More

Posted by bigdog1000 at 15:23 on 28 April 2009 | Report This Post

Re: Inspirational Reading
I too have been drunk in Cemetery Junction in the past... Granby Tavern was it? And I worked at the Prudential, which at the time was the biggest employer in... Reading! More

Posted by Sleary at 12:58 on 28 April 2009 | Report This Post

Hmm
Hmm, set in London but named after a place in Reading ... More

Posted by griet at 11:32 on 28 April 2009 | Report This Post

Inspirational Reading
Cemetary Junction is in Reading - he clearly finds the dullest areas of the M4 inspiring although I did get ridiculously drunk there on several occasions... More

Posted by maxsmorris at 20:28 on 27 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Cemetery Junction
L: BatFan Film stars in the making? You mean that twat from Demons who could do nothing but pout and walk around with his shirt off and the kid from the Green Green Grass which is about as funny as Aids. Really not looking forward to this as I previously was. sp; Hmmmm. When you put it like that, it doesn't sound like good casting at all. However, they're all unknowns to me so with a good script (which i'm sure it is) and the right direction, chances are i won't find them as ann More

Posted by dh_19 at 17:39 on 27 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Ah, Come On...
Film stars in the making? You mean that twat from Demons who could do nothing but pout and walk around with his shirt off and the kid from the Green Green Grass which is about as funny as Aids. Really not looking forward to this as I previously was. More

Posted by BatFan at 17:21 on 27 April 2009 | Report This Post

Ah, Come On...
Are you seriously not gonna make some sort of comment like "This is old news, but it's just been made official"? Because this is OLD news! People on the boards here have already corrected Empire on the title in past news reports! Seriously, this is weak. More

Posted by chizmund at 15:13 on 27 April 2009 | Report This Post

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