The former office manager is now a travelling salesman and part of a band in this big screen follow-up to the award-winning sitcom The Office
Ricky Gervais’ award-winning comic creation is heading to the big screen in David Brent: Life on the Road.
The first full trailer has arrived for the film, which catches up with Brent, now a travelling salesman, as he heads on the road with his band Foregone Conclusion.
It’s the first cinematic outing for Brent, initially introduced in The Office but resurrected in the years since for Comic Relief skits as well as a YouTube web series about learning the guitar.
Gervais has been keen to stress that the film is not a continuation of his hit BBC sitcom. “[Brent] thinks this is like Martin Scorsese following the Rolling Stones around,” he said to BBC Radio 5 Live. “Whereas it’s really a ‘Where are they now?’ file. It’s not The Office. It mustn’t be. That was very then.”
The film has been picked up in the US by Netflix after Gervais recently directed, wrote and starred in their original comedy Special Correspondents, which received largely negative reviews and a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
David Brent: Life on the Road will be in UK cinemas on 19 August.