School to take starring role in Beatles film

PUBLISHED: 15:31 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:57 23 March 2018

Acle Academy. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Acle Academy. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

Trainspotting director Danny Boyle has given a high school a starring role in his new film - and some of the pupils could be cast as extras.

Photographs for roles were due to take place at Acle Academy on Thursday as the big screen beckons for the school and its community.

In a statement posted on Facebook the school said it was “absolutely thrilled.”

The statement said: “We are very excited to announce that the Oscar winning director Danny Boyle has chosen Acle Academy as a location for a film shoot for his latest film collaboration with Richard Curtis.

“Students of Acle Academy have the wonderful opportunity to appear as extras in the scene.

“Photographs for casting are taking place on Thursday.

“Students must have parental consent in order to be photographed and they must return the consent forms to the office.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this opportunity for our school.”

Earlier in the month it was reported that Danny Boyle and comedy scribe Richard Curtis, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, had joined forces to work on a film built around the music of the Beatles.

The only actor cast so far was reported as Himesh Patel, who played Tamwar Masood for several years on EastEnders.

It was said that filming was expected to start later in the spring in locations including London and Norfolk.

Acle Academy principal Helen Watts said she was unable to comment further.

Mr Boyle is behind a series of hit films, such as 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours.

He also directed the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. His first film was Shallow Grave in 1995.

It has been recently announced he will be behind the camera for the latest addition to one of cinema’s most iconic film series - James Bond. Provisionally called Bond 25 the film is due to be out November 2019.

Mr Curtis is known primarily for romantic comedy films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually, and About Time. He is also known for the hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr Bean, and The Vicar of Dibley.

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