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It’s been a big week for the small screen, for scholars and for friendly bears. We bring you the latest in movie news for the week.

Announcements

David Brent is bringing free love to the big screen in 2015 with his own feature length adventure. Life on the Road will see Ricky Gervais step back into the shoes of the squeamishly full on Brent, who is using his day job as a salesman to fund his dream of becoming a rock star.

The comedic hit churning trio Lonely Island have also announced a leap to the big screen. The boy wonders Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, who have made their name through a series of Saturday Night Live sketches that earned millions of YouTube hits, will write and star in the project, which is to be produced by Judd Apatow. There is little else known of the film, but it’s safe to say that it will involve a host of quotable tunes and A list cameos.

Casting News

The much loved Baloo, oversized bear and appreciator of the bare necessities has found a voice in Bill Murray this week for Jon Favreau’s live action/CG adaptation of The Jungle Book. With a cast already including Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o, Murray’s additional makes this a joyfully anticipated project, which is due for release in October 2015. The news comes after Andy Serkis’ version of the story, also a live action adaptation entitled Jungle Book: Origins, will be released in October 2016.

In Trailers

The first trailer for the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything came out this week. Eddie Redmayne stars as Hawking, with Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking. Director James Marsh (Man on Wire, Project Nim) focuses on the relationship between the two for his latest, as Hawking’s disabilities begin to unfold during his time at university. The film will be released in the UK in November.

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