Tuesday, 19 January 2016

First look at Ricky Gervais' Special Correspondents arrives online

Netflix have recently released their first set of stills for Ricky Gervais' (Cemetery Junction) Special Correspondents.

Netflix's first original film, Beasts Of No Nation (2015), is currently making waves ahead of awards season, picking up multiple nominations for Idris Elba and young co-star Abraham Attah. Their second film, The Ridiculous 6 (2015), perhaps not so much. Aside from Cary Fukunaga's excellent civil war tale and the first of Adam Sandler's four film deal, there is lots of streaming goodness to look forward to, including Ricky Gervais' Special Correspondents.

Taking on acting, directing and writing duties – something he hasn't done since Cemetery Junction (2010) – this Netflix Original puts Gervais at the heart of the action. And by action we mean pretending to report from the front line when actually hiding above a Spanish restaurant in Queens.

A remake of French film Envoyés Très Spéciaux (2009), Gervais' Albert Finch plays sidekick to Eric Bana's (Lone Survivor) struggling radio journalist, Frank Bonneville. With Bonneville's career in turmoil, the pair take artistic license to the extreme by using a South American uprising to their vocational advantage whilst remaining safely in New York.

With Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality), Kelly Macdonald (No Country For Old Men), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) and Raúl Castillo (Cold Weather) also onboard for the chaos, Special Correspondents will hit Netflix on 29 April.

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