British actor Toby Jones is "terrified" of playing the iconic character made famous by Arthur Lowe in an upcoming revival of beloved British TV show Dad's Army. Jones has signed up to portray Captain George Mainwaring in a new incarnation of the World War II comedy, alongside Love Actually star Bill Nighy as John Le Mesurier's character of Sergeant Arthur Wilson.
The actor has played difficult characters including Alfred Hitchcock in The Girl and Truman Capote in Infamous, but he fears his role as Mainwaring will be one of his most challenging.
He tells Britain's The Times, "(It is) terrifying. Because Arthur Lowe gave such an amazing performance. And I loved that programme so much. And because you have to introduce it to an entire generation who've never seen Dad's Army."
However, Jones is confident the new Dad's Army will be a success, adding, "It's a brilliant script, and the comedic dynamic within the group of characters is so good. They're a timeless bunch, so we should be able to make them work again."
Beloved British TV show Dad's Army is to be revived for the big screen as a new movie starring Bill Nighy and Toby Jones. The series, about a group of soldiers in Britain's Home Guard during World War II, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn, ran for nine seasons between 1968 and 1977.
Dad's Army is now set for a cinematic revival nearly 50 years after it first hit TV screens. Jones has signed up to play Captain George Mainwaring, the role made famous by late star Lowe, while Nighy will step into Le Mesurier's part of Sergeant Arthur Wilson.
War veteran Jimmy Perry, 90, who wrote the original series, will produce the new film.
Dad's Army previously ventured into cinemas in a 1971 film which was shot inbetween the third and fourth series.