Remember British hero Captain Tom? Now he’s heading to the big screen

January 18, 2021

The uplifting story of 100-year-old British hero Captain Sir Tom Moore—who kept a nation in lockdown inspired by doing laps around his garden to raise money during the pandemic—is being turned into a feature film, fast-tracked for production in 2021, The New Daily reports.

Britain’s Fred Films and Powderkeg Studios won a bidding war for the life rights to the former British Army captain and World War II hero, who raised £38.9 million (US$52.9 million) for the country’s National Health Service by walking laps around his garden in the run-up to his 100th birthday during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sir Tom— who was knighted by the Queen at a private ceremony at Windsor Castle in May for his mammoth fundraising effort—had set out to raise just £1000 (US$1358.80) by walking 100 laps of his garden with the aid of his walker.

But the campaign went global after his family turned to social media to help raise donations.As the money topped the £1 million mark, Sir Tom described it as “almost unbelievable,” but there was so much to come.

In the fallout from his incredible donation, he also recorded a hit single, You’ll Never Walk Alone, that rose to No.1 on the British charts.

In the process, he broke two Guinness World Records—for being the oldest person to achieve a British No.1 track, displacing Tom Jones; and also for raising the most money on an individual charity walk.

Sir Tom had a couple of ideas for who might play him in the movie about his life.

“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,” he told The New Daily.

This is a story about the power of the human spirit and Captain Sir Tom personifies that,” the producers said in a statement.

“We are honored to be telling this unique and inspiring story and are excited about audiences getting to know the man behind the headlines.”

Research contact: @thenewdaily

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