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.
Also in the running are Tom Hiddleston on 7-2 and Jude Law on 6-1.
A Coral spokesman said: “Captain Sir Tom Moore has had the most incredible life so it would be only fitting that his story was played by a high-profile actor.
“We make Benedict Cumberbatch the favourite to take up the role of a young Moore.
“Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston and Jude Law are also prominent in the betting in what we expect to be a huge box office success.”
Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard, who are producing the Captain Tom movie, are also writing the screenplay.
In a statement they said: “This is a story about the power of the human spirit and Captain Sir Tom personifies that.
“We are honoured to be telling this unique and inspiring story and are excited about audiences getting to know the man behind the headlines.”
While fellow producer James Spring said: “At a time of fear and uncertainty, 161 countries around the world embraced the beacon of hope that Captain Sir Tom provided.”
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.
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