Curtis sets sail on Universal’s ‘Boat’

Rock'n'roll comedy set aboard pirate radio ship

Richard Curtis has started shooting his latest movie, “The Boat That Rocked,” for Working Title Films and Universal Pictures, with a cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost and Kenneth Branagh.

Pic is billed as the first “non-rom-com” by Curtis, who wrote “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” and made his directorial debut with “Love, Actually.”

Set in 1966, it’s an ensemble rock’n’roll comedy that takes place aboard a pirate radio ship anchored off the English coast. Hoffman, Ifans and Frost play rival DJs, with Nighy as their boss and Branagh as the government minister trying to shut them down.

Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing with Hilary Bevan Jones, who previously worked with Curtis on his telepic “The Girl in the Cafe.”

“The Boat That Rocked” also stars January Jones, Tom Sturridge, Jack Davenport, Ralph Brown and Chris O’Dowd. It shoots from March 3 to early June on location on a rusty trawler in the English Channel and at Shepperton Studios.

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