Ricky Gervais revives his most iconic character David Brent from the influential BBC series “The Office” in the new film “David Brent: Life on the Road.” 12 years after the initial documentary, the former paper salesman returns to the limelight in a “rock ‘n’ roll documentary” as Brent goes on a self-funded tour with his band Foregone Conclusion, all the while still a traveling salesman. The trailer promises plenty of cringe-worthy, painful humor that was a staple of the original series as Brent’s lack of filter or self-awareness puts him and the band in uncomfortable situations. Will Brent finally come to terms with the pitiful reality of his own life or will he keep riding high on delusion touring the country as a “rock star.” Watch the trailer below to find out.
“The Office” first premiered on BBC Two in July of 2001. It followed the daily lives of the employees working in the Slough branch of the Wernham Hogg Paper Company. Gervais’ character David Brent was the manager of the branch. Considered one of the best British sitcoms of all the time, “The Office” has spawned an international franchise, including a popular U.S. series with Steve Carrel as Michael Scott that ran from 2005 to 2013. There are also French, German, French-Canadian, Chilean, Israeli, and Swedish versions of the series as well.
“David Brent: Life on the Road” will hit theaters in the UK and Ireland on August 19th. Netflix has acquired the global rights to the film, but there’s no release date yet for streaming.