15th Jan2018

First trailer for Brit wrestling comedy ‘Walk Like a Panther’

by Kevin Haldon


Twentieth Century Fox have announced that British comedy Walk Like a Panther will be released in cinemas in UK and Ireland on 9th March, 2018. Starring BAFTA Award nominee Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, Boardwalk Empire), British Independent Film Award winner Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), Walk Like a Panther is directed by Dan Cadan, making his feature film debut from his own original screenplay.

Well its often said if you want to check out the cream of the movie crop, you have to go British. I mean come on its no secret we are taking over the Hollywood Film and TV landscape with our talent. However you always get something truly special, funny and unique when you head to the cinema for a British-made movie with British-made stars. And Walk Like a Panther is a great example!

Walk Like a Panther features one hell of an ensemble… As you can see above Boardwalk Empires (but more importantly This Is England) Stephen Graham is heading up this cast in a movie that revolves around a group of ‘80s wrestlers who are forced to don the lycra one last time when their beloved local pub is threatened by closure. Led by father-son duo, Mark (Graham) and Trevor Bolton (Johns), this unlikely bunch of underdog heroes sets out to save their community, rekindling old friendships and family ties along the way. Check out the trailer:

Admit it how many times did you just say “Ah sh*t it’s him” or “Ah man, I love her”? Well luckily we have a cheeky breakdown for you…

The ensemble British cast also includes Sue Johnston (Downton Abbey, The Royle Family), Lindsey Coulson (EastEnders, The Level), Julian Sands (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Crooked House), Jason Flemyng (upcoming Mystery of the Iron Mask: Journey to China, Snatch), Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, DCI Banks), Michael Socha (This is England ‘90, Once Upon a Time) hip hop artist/poet Scroobius Pip (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Taboo) and Jill Halfpenny (Humans, EastEnders).

Now I could be wrong here but don’t think I am, at 1min 56 in the trailer I am certain that is Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) herself however she has no IMDB credit… Buuuuut would make sense as with a little investigation it turns out she is currently dating director Dan Cadan (get me, going all Columbo). I mean that’s all neither here nor there, just saying. Then of course there is the soundtrack which again couldn’t be more British… or 80’s…

The soundtrack has been produced and composed by Guy Chambers and features a new version of Walk Like a Panther by Rick Astley along with music from artists including Adam & The Ants, The Coral, The Housemartins, Kasabian, Lightning Seeds, Miles Kane and Spandau Ballet.

Not going to lie to you good people but I am really looking forward to Walk Like a Panther and I think it’s one you should all be keeping an eye on come March 9th.


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