Pick me, pick me! It’s time to start my UK film career. Do the soccer teams have cheerleaders? Water girls? Hangers-on? I mean, Beckham has Posh, surely Tennant should have…me. I’m not going on the plane though, I’ll be the girlfriend who stays behind to keep David’s underwear drawer tidy. Plus, I don’t want to be around for the sad part.
See, Tennant has signed on to play coach Jimmy Murphy in United, the story of Manchester United team, the Busby Babes. Murphy led the youngest team in the English league to victory twice before most of the team was lost in the 1958 Munich air disaster. The group was returning from a match in Yugoslavia and their plane stopped in Munich to refuel. When the pilot attempted to depart for Manchester, the runway was covered in ice and slush and on the aircraft’s third attempt to take off, it crashed into a building, leaving 23 people dead. Of that 23 were 8 of the Busby Babes.
Yes, it’s a sad, sad tale and poor coach Tennant will need someone to comfort him. I can hold him and caress him and lick the salty tears from his sweet cheeks.
Chris Chibnall (“Law and Order UK, Torchwood, Doctor Who”) has written the script and James Strong (“Law and Order UK, Torchwood, Doctor Who”) will direct United, his first time at the film helm.