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Danny Dyer confirms first lead movie role since leaving EastEnders

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EastEnders favourite Danny Dyer has landed his first movie part since leaving the soap.

Reuniting with his four-time director Nick Love (The Business and The Football Factory), Dyer will shoot Marching Powder in London next month.

The story centers around middle-aged, drug-loving footy hooligan Jack, who is arrested and given just six weeks to turn his life around or face imprisonment. Juggling his marriage, a bullysome father-in-law and wayward stepbrother, Jack's world begins to spiral hilariously out of control.

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Keen to get stuck into character, Dyer commented ahead of filming: "I'm buzzing to be getting back on the horse with Nick, he's the only f**king idiot stupid enough. Marching Powder is class, we're back in the world of The Football Factory with more violence, more drugs and lots of f**king comedy, you're going to love it."

Love, whose last feature was 2015's American Hero starring Stephen Dorff, went on to say: "At this point in my career, it’s either Marching Powder or the dole, so thank God Danny Dyer said yes to playing the lead.

"It’s gonna be a blast and we can’t wait to share the film with the world, if they can handle it."

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Zygi Kamasa, CEO of production company True Brit Entertainment, commended the filmmaker's ballsy vision in a statement.

"Nick Love is exactly the kind of director I'm excited to be backing. He has been writing and directing some terrific TV in the last 6-7 years and I can't wait to see his return to the terraces in this hugely commercial and utterly original British feature film," he said.

"The story is edgy, controversial, and ultimately very, very, funny."

Marching Powder will hit the big screen sometime next year.


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