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Ealing Studios has just announced that Mischa Barton, star of acclaimed US TV drama ‘The OC’, has been confirmed to appear alongside pop stars Girls Aloud (school band) in St Trinians.

The 21 year old British actress plays JJ French and joins well known names like Rupert Everett (Shrek, My Best Friend’s Wedding), Colin Firth (Nanny McPhee, Bridget Jones’ Diary), Lena Headey (300), Caterina Murino (Casino Royale), Stephen Fry (V for Vendetta, Stormbreaker), Jodie Whittaker (Venus), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Calendar Girls), Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral), comedian Russell Brand, Toby Jones (Infamous, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and model Lily Cole on the set of the eagerly anticipated new comedy.

The film, being marketed in Cannes this weekend, is being filmed on location in and around London (keep your eyes peeled around Ealing).

This latest revival is written by Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft. It is not a remake of any previous St. Trinian's adventure but an attempt to create a 21st century version of the franchise. Watson will play the central teacher character (played in the original films by the unforgettable Joyce Grenfell), while Everett will play the double cross-dressing role of the headmistress and her unscrupulous brother (originally Alistair Sim). Brand will play Flash Harry, local small-time criminal who helps lead the girls astray.

For those who don't remember the original St. Trinian's, the comedies were inspired by the books and cartoons of Ronald Searle, centring  on the madcap adventures of a group of unruly girls who attend the eponymous boarding school.

The film is scheduled for UK release on Friday 21st December.

Spot of revision...

'The Belles of St. Trinian's' started the franchise in 1954, followed by 'Blue Murder at St. Trinian's' in 1957, 'The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's' in 1960 and the 'The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery' in 1966. The series was revived in 1980 with 'The Wildcats of St. Trinian's'.


May 17, 2007