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Rory Kinnear to star in Netflix's The Bank Of Dave

Thursday 10th February 2022, 4:31pm by Jay Richardson

Count Arthur Strong. Michael Baker (Rory Kinnear). Copyright: Retort

Rory Kinnear, Joel Fry and Phoebe Dynevor are to star in romantic comedy The Bank Of Dave for Netflix.

Based on a true story, Kinnear (Count Arthur Strong) will take on the titular role of Dave Fishwick, whilst his real-life counterpart will act as one of the film's executive producers.

Written by Piers Ashworth (Fisherman's Friends, Blithe Spirit) and directed by Chris Foggin (Cold Feet, Death In Paradise), the film is based on the experiences of Dave Fishwick (pictured below), a working-class, self-made millionaire from Burnley who fought to set up a community bank so that he could help local businesses survive and thrive.

In his bid to help his beloved community, he took on the financial institutions of London and fought to receive the first, new banking licence to be issued in more than a century.

According to US entertainment website Deadline, Fry (Plebs, Yesterday) will play young London lawyer Hugh, who is hired by Dave to fight his case against the British banking system, whilst Dynevor, who stars in Ten Percent, Amazon Prime's upcoming remake of the hit French comedy Call My Agent! and is best known for Netflix's lavish period drama Bridgerton, plays feisty local doctor Alexandra.

Netflix has acquired UK and Irish rights to the film whilst WME Independent will handle the rest of worldwide sales.

David Fishwick. Copyright: Channel 4 Television Corporation

The Bank Of Dave is produced by Piers Tempest (Military Wives, Killing Bono) of Tempo Productions with Matt Williams (Save The Cinema, Last Train To Christmas) and Karl Hall of Future Artists Entertainment.

Ingenious Media are funding, in association with Automatik and Spitfire Audio. Peter Touche, Hannah Perks, Jo Bamford, Katie Lander, Ashworth and Michael Reuter are joining Fishwick as executive producers.

"I was immediately drawn to this story about the triumph of community, and I'm delighted to be working with such a wonderful cast," Foggin told Deadline. "I truly believe the world needs films like this!"

Tempest added: "This is such a great story and I'm delighted to be working with Chris and the team on the film, which I am sure will really resonate with audiences worldwide."

Fishwick, who was the focus of the 2012 Channel 4 documentary series Bank Of Dave and published a book about his experience the same year, said: "To have a global movie made in Burnley about such an important part of my life, is truly amazing. I was overwhelmed when I was approached with the idea and it's incredibly exciting to see the production starting soon."

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