Dad's Army
The original Dad's Army cast. (BBC)

Universal Pictures has picked up the big screen version of classic British sitcom Dad's Army.

The film will star Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson and Catherine Zeta-Jones as new character Rose Winters.

Dad's Army will also star Inbetweener Blake Harrison as Pike, Michael Gambon as Godfrey and Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones. Mark Gatiss, Sarah Lancashire, Bill Paterson, Alison Steadman and Annette Crosbie complete the cast.

The project will be directed by Oliver Parker, who helmed the St Trinian's remake and Johnny English Reborn. He will work from the script by Hamish McColl, whom he worked with on Reborn.

A synopsis for the film reads as so (via The Hollywood Reporter).

"It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low.

Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert.

MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There's a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted."

The BBC World War 2 series originally ran between 1968 and 1977.