Richard Osman confirms who's playing Joyce in The Thursday Murder Club

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More casting news for Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club has been confirmed, with the film adaptation finding its Joyce Meadowcroft.

On his The Rest is Entertainment podcast with Marina Hyde, Osman confirmed that Bridget Jones star Celia Imrie will be playing Joyce.

In an episode first streamed on May 20, the former Pointless host confirmed that Imrie is the last of the protagonist quartet to be cast.

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"Joyce is Celia Imrie, which I'm very excited about," Osman told Hyde, who in turn revealed she'd foreseen the possibility of Imrie being the perfect fit.

The Calendar Girls actor, recently seen in Netflix drama The Diplomat, will star opposite Helen Mirren as Elizabeth Best, Pierce Brosnan as Ron Ritchie and Ben Kingsley as Ibrahim Arif.

"She's so mischievous," Osman then said of Imrie, explaining the star will also be funding the Thursday Murder Club film.

"And she is funding a lot of the movie as well," he revealed. "She's put in 35 million dollars."

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"That is all set up," the novelist continued, seemingly teasing it won't be long before fans will be blessed with more exciting news.

An official filming date may be next in line, as it was previously announced by Osman that shooting would take place "this summer from end of June to September, all in England". Chris Columbus, who helmed Home Alone and the first two Harry Potter movies, is attached to direct.

Released in 2020, The Thursday Murder Club is Osman's debut novel and follows four pensioners at the Coopers Chase Retirement Village in Kent as they investigate the murder of a property developer.

The Thursday Murder Club is yet to confirm a cinema release date. The book and its sequels are available to buy on Amazon.

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