David Tennant to play in ‘United’

BBC film tells story of Busby Babes soccer team

Former “Doctor Who” David Tennant will topline the cast of BBC film “United,” the true story of Manchester United’s Busby Babes, the youngest team to win the English soccer league before eight players died in the Munich air crash of 1958.

The role of team manager Matt Busby, after whom the team was nicknamed, is yet to be cast. Tennant will play coach Jimmy Murphy, Jack O’Connell (“Skins”) will portray Bobby Charlton, the youngest of the Babes to survive the disaster, and Sam Claflin (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) star player Duncan Edwards, who died 15 days after the crash.

James Strong (“Doctor Who”) will direct from a script by Chris Chibnall (“Law and Order: UK”). The film is produced by Julia Stannard (“The History Boys”), and executive produced by World Prod.’s Simon Heath and Polly Hill for the BBC.

Lip Sync Prods. and Content Films are also backing the film, which begins shooting this month.