The first trailer for the long-awaited Ab Fab movie has arrived, and while it is maybe a departure from a traditional teaser trailer, it definitely has the Ab Fab personality. As reported by Yahoo!, the trailer sees Ab Fab stars Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) and Edina Monsoon, better known as Eddy (Jennifer Saunders), swanning around the French Riviera.
Set to the the sultry 1960s hit “Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus” by Serge Gainsbourg, the Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie trailer plays like an advertisement with Eddy, Patsy, and (male) friends clinking glasses, giggling, and gazing wistfully into the sunset. A cheesy voice-over sounds straight out of a whiskey commercial.
“Straight up, on the rocks, and always with a twist. When you must have the best, be sure to choose something cool, something refreshing, something absolutely fabulous.”
The Ab Fab movie, based, of course, on the cult classic ’90s British sitcom, has been in the works for years and finally has a release date of July 1, 2016. As reported by the Huffington Post, Ab Fab co-creator and star Jennifer Saunders described how Londoners Eddy and Patsy are still chasing the high-life.
“Eddy and Patsy are looking for what they imagine glamorous life should be. They’re constantly searching for that perfect place to sit or that perfect pair of sunglasses. It’s Shangri-La and it just might be round the next corner… in the meantime, they decide to take Saffy’s daughter off her – she calls her Jane, I call her Lola – but then they lose her.”
The Ab Fab movie begins with Patsy and Eddy “waking up on an oligarch’s deserted yacht, drifting off the French coast.”
The pair then “become even more notorious when they cause a ‘major incident’ at a fashion party in London,” according to the Evening Standard. The Ab Fab movie already sounds better than most plots of the last decade.
“Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamor, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hot-spots.”
Starring as PR boss and fashion disaster Eddy turned Saunders into an international star. Classic actress and ’60s It Girl Lumley created an icon in the form of always-inebriated, frequently-confused former model and fashion editor Patsy. The co-dependent, dysfunctional, and highly dramatic relationship between the two kept the BBC Ab Fab series going for five series and seven specials.
The Ab Fab movie, directed by Mandie Fletcher, began filming in October, 2015. Production was delayed by Saunders’ procrastination, as reported by Digital Spy, although Saunders told ITV’s Loose Women that the main reason for the delay was her worry that the Ab Fab movie would be “awful… I think that’s why I didn’t do it for a while.”
Lumley finally nagged Saunders into starting, and the rest is history.
“We’re all so old, and Joanna [Lumley] said to me, ‘Do it before we die!’ We’re all on the brink.”
Saunders and Lumley have been giving fans lots of behind-the-scenes goodies during filming, with some of the shows famously outrageous costumes showing up on Twitter.
Julia Sawalha, playing Eddy’s daughter Saffy, and veteran sitcom actress June Whitfield playing Eddy’s unnamed mother are also back in the Ab Fab movie. Joining them are Jane Horrocks’ ditsy assistant, Bubble, and a slew of celebrity cameos. Confirmed Ab Fab appearances include model Kate Moss, Spice Girl Emma Bunton, singer Lulu, and Chris Colfer from Glee. One Direction’s Harry Styles and reality star Kim Kardashian are also rumored to pop up in the movie, as well as comedienne and Ab Fab co-creator Dawn French.
The Ab Fab movie is sure to renew the cinematic world’s love of all things British, perhaps leading to other movie adaptations of best-loved Britcoms? We already have the Dad’s Army movie; how about a Vicar of Dibley movie, The Office or Keeping Up Appearances? Mrs. Bucket on screen — we can only hope.
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