A biopic about late Covid pandemic hero Sir Captain Tom Moore is in the works.
The army veteran sparked the imagination of a nation stuck in lockdown back in 2020 when he walked 100 laps of his garden age 99 to raise money for NHS Charities Together.
Inspired by the aftercare he got while being treated for skin cancer and a fractured hip, Sir Tom set out to raise £1,000 for staff working on the front line of the pandemic and ended up raising £32.7million.
In recognition of his efforts, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
He died the following year aged 100 on February 2 2021 from pneumonia and Covid-19.
With a script penned by Nick writers Moorcroft and Meg Leonard – who wrote Fisherman’s Friends – the new flick will span his entire life from his childhood in Yorkshire to his time serving in World War II, to his unexpected rise to fame.
According to director Richard Loncraine (Finding Your Feet) via Screen Daily, it will “explore how his strength, wisdom, and humour brought a family together and motivated him to raise money for the National Health Service which he credited with saving his life.”
James Scott from Circus Studios – who are financing the project – added to the publication: “Captain Tom’s story struck a chord not just in the UK, but in over 160 countries. His life, his achievements, and his legacy will entertain, move, and inspire cinema audiences the world over.”
The film is due to begin filming in autumn in locations across the UK, Thailand and Barbados.