By Dave Campbell | April 27, 2009
Cemetery Junction is the upcoming comedy co-written and co-directed by The Office & Extras creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The working title was once The Men At The Pru but was changed due to concerns from Prudential plc.
Freddie (Christian Cooke) is a young man growing up in 1970s England along with his best friends, Bruce (Tom Hughes) and lovable loser Snork (Jack Doolan). The trio all work for Prudential (hence original title) and spend their time laughing, drinking, fighting and chasing after the ladies, but Freddie wants more so he gets a job as a door-to-door salesman. There, he bumps into his old school sweetheart, Julie (Felicity Jones), and all bets are off.
The quartet of young actors mentioned above join the already cast Ralph Fiennes and of course Ricky Gervais.
“ We want to capture the spirit of those classic British New Wave movies of the 1960s that made stars of Albert Finney, Julie Christie and Michael Caine,” said Gervais and Merchant in an official statement. “We are so excited about our fresh young cast – they are all film stars in waiting. Cemetery Junction is going to be glossy and glorious, full of humour, romance and drama as well as our usual observations on the truth and absurdity of real life.”