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Vinnie Jones in new Carry On film
Vinnie Jones
Vinnie Jones will play nightclub owner and gangster Tony Le Berc
Former footballer Vinnie Jones and ex-EastEnders actor Shane Richie are to star in a new Carry On film - the first to be made since 1992.

Carry On London focuses on a limousine company - Lenny's Limos - which takes celebrities to a parody of the Oscars ceremony known as the Herberts.

The creators promise to revive the innuendo and slapstick humour seen in the previous 31 Carry On movies.

Production has been delayed for three years by financial problems.

Work had been scheduled to begin in 2003 but the original cast, which included former EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook and Shaun Williamson, dropped out.

A new producer, writing team and film company have now been recruited. Peter Richardson, best known for TV comedy The Comic Strip Presents..., will direct.

'Wonderful comedy tradition'

Jones, whose film credits include gangster drama Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, plays nightclub owner Tony Le Berc, known as "two fingers Tony".

Shane Richie as Alfie Moon in EastEnders
Limousine company owner Lenny will be played by Shane Richie
Meanwhile Richie, best known as Alfie Moon in EastEnders, has been cast as the lead character, limo company owner Lenny.

"I'm really looking forward to it, Matron!" said Jones, imitating one of the best-known Carry On stars, the late Kenneth Williams.

He described it as "a wonderful comedy tradition", adding: "It really kept me laughing through my youth so it's great news that I'm part of that tradition and able to introduce it to my own kids."

Also in the cast will be Swedish glamour model Victoria Silvstedt, who plays a starlet being driven to the awards ceremony.

The last attempt to resurrect the franchise - 14 years ago - ended badly, with Carry On Columbus being slated by critics and failing to make an impact at the box office.

It featured alternative comedians including Rik Mayall, Alexei Sayle and Julian Clary, but Carry On veteran Barbara Windsor was said to have turned down a chance to appear after reading the script.

A total of 30 Carry On films were made between 1958 and 1978 at the Pinewood studios in Buckinghamshire.

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