Following recent rumours, the BBC have confirmed that Tenth Doctor David Tennant is to star in United, a BBC Two Film based on the true story of the Manchester United’s legendary “Busby Babes”, the youngest side ever to win the Football League, the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of their number and the extraordinary spirit of a city that rebuilt the team in the wake of the disaster.
Tennant will play coach Jimmy Murphy, alongside Jack O’ Connell (Skins, Dive) as Bobby Charlton, the youngest of the babes, and Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean, Any Human Heart) as star player Duncan Edwards.
The role of Manager Matt Busby,Â whose name the young stars carry,Â has yet to be cast.
The film draws on first-hand interviews with the survivors and their families to tell the inspirational story of a team and community overcoming terrible tragedy.
On a stop overÂ in Munich following their European CupÂ game against Red Star Belgrade Â the plane carrying journalists, staff and players overshot the runwayÂ after struggling to maintain velocity following a fault with the boost surge in its port engine and icey conditions on the runway itself.
The Munich Air Disaster killed 23Â of the passengers on board includingÂ players, staff andÂ journalists.
The film is written by Chris Chibnall (42, The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood) and directed by James Strong (Planet of the Dead, Voyage of the Damned).
Simon Heath, Executive producer, World Productions said:
“Chris Chibnall has written an authentic and moving version of this heartbreaking story, which with the help of a great cast, we hope will be a fitting tribute to those who survived and those who lost their lives at Munich.”
United will begin filming later this month.
(via BBC Press Office)