Danny Dyer primed to make his big screen return in the follow-up to Noughties cult hit The Business

IT was the film that launched the careers of Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan.

And now, 14 years after The Business became a cult hit, the eagerly anticipated follow-up is finally in the works.

Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan in cult film The Business 
Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan in cult film The Business
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I can reveal that Tamer has written a script for an updated version of the Brit flick, showing what happened to his and Danny’s characters from the original.

He is now in talks with production companies and investors — much to the delight of EastEnders star Danny, who is primed to return in the new flick, provisionally titled Back In Business.

A movie source said: “Tamer is incredibly excited about the script.

“Fans of The Business are going to be in for a treat.

EastEnders' hardman Danny looks set to return in the sequel
EastEnders hardman Danny is primed to return in the follow-up to The Business
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“There’s still so much intrigue around that movie and both Tamer and Danny still get a lot of love for it. Danny remains dedicated to EastEnders, and shooting the movie won’t affect his role in Walford.

“But, of course, he’s excited about the prospect of reuniting with Tamer on screen.”

Filmed in Spain, The Business was set in the Eighties — which was reflected in the lead characters’ clothing.

The retro tracksuits worn by Danny and Tamer sparked a revival in brands such as Sergio Tacchini and Fila.

The Business launched the careers of Danny and Tamer 14 years ago
The Business launched the careers of Danny and Tamer 14 years ago
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In the film, Danny played street thug Frankie. He escapes to southern Spain from his rough estate in South London and develops a close bond with Tamer’s character Charlie, a nightclub owner who is partners with local gangster Sammy, played by Geoff Bell.

Frankie, who goes into business with Charlie, then falls for Sammy’s wife Carly, played by Georgina Chapman.

Developing a follow-up to The Business — which was written and directed by Nick Love, of The Football Factory and The Sweeney fame — can at least work as a distraction for Tamer, whose daughter Belle is currently starring in Love Island.

Danny knows all about how tough that can be.


Rapper Meg’s orange Cardi

AMERICA’s hottest new rapper Megan Thee Stallion made her Wireless Festival debut on Sunday – and she clearly took ­inspiration from Cardi B’s wardrobe.

The rising star took to the stage at London’s Finsbury Park wearing a pair of tight denim hot pants that exposed her curvaceous bottom and a bright orange jacket.

US rapper Megan Thee Stallion makes her Wireless debut in denim hot pants and orange jacketGetty – Contributor

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Cardi B also performed in summer's hot colour during her headline setSplash News

Cardi B also performed in summer’s hot colour during her headline set[/caption]

Cardi rocked the same colour on ­Friday during her headline set. She also lobbed her wig into the crowd, later telling fans she got “carried away.”

Megan, whose tracks include Simon Says, performed with bright green hair.

This Simon says she’ll have some trouble improving on this outfit at her next gig.


DISNEY’S live-action remake of its animated 1998 hit Mulan will reach cinemas on March 27 next year. The date was announced on Sunday alongside a clip of the film, which stars Liu Yifei as the legendary Chinese warrior.

Ed Sheeran

EVEN Ed Sheeran was once a busker, so it was only fair his new movie co-star had to experience it, too.

Himesh Patel prepared for his role in Yesterday, as a struggling musician who pinches the hits of The Beatles when he realises no one in the world remembers them, by singing on the streets.

Himesh Patel, left, and Ed Sheeran in film Yesterday directed by Danny Boyle
Himesh Patel, left, and Ed Sheeran in film Yesterday directed by Danny Boyle
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In an exclusive chat, the film’s composer Daniel Pemberton revealed former EastEnders actor Himesh wore a big beard to play to the unsuspecting public.

He said: “We sent him busking which is one of my favourite things. We said, ‘You’ve got to see what it’s like to be a struggling singer-songwriter’.

“He played songs that we helped write for him. Not many were that good but he had to play them, just to get into the mindset of what it was like. He went into Galston, which is where a lot of it is filmed in Norfolk. They recorded it with secret cameras as well.”

The film, directed by Danny Boyle, grossed £2.2million at the cinema in its opening weekend in June.
Unfortunately, I still don’t think Himesh will emulate Ed’s success.

Wonder-ful day for Dua

DUA Lipa has done a brilliant job of following her New Rules just a few weeks after her split from Isaac Carew.

The singer made her first public appearance with new ­boyfriend Anwar Hadid this weekend.

Dua Lipa hand-in-hand with the model brother of Bella and Gigi Hadid, Anwar, at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, London
Dua Lipa hand-in-hand with the model brother of Bella and Gigi Hadid, Anwar, at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, London

Dua was spotted hand-in-hand with the model at the British Summer Time Festival in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday as they watched Stevie Wonder perform.

I revealed Dua had moved on with Gigi and Bella’s ­brother last month.

Her three-and-a-half year relationship with Isaac first ended in 2017 – but the pair rekindled it the following year before splitting in June.

Their romance ended for the last time amid various reports the chef had been unfaithful. Anwar seems like a much better match.


DJ ROMAN Kemp, rapper AJ Tracey and comic Asim Chaudhry have opened up over a plate of peri-peri chicken. Check out Nando’s Facebook page for the first episode, also featuring a game of the Nando’s Booth Truths.

Robbie’s avoiding alien life

ROBBIE Williams has legions of adoring female fans who would like to get close to him.

But when he installed round-the-clock security at his home, it was to keep little green men at bay.

Robbie Williams is concerned about his mental health
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The singer worries he may have a “mental illness” after he refused to engage with extra-terrestrial life in case an alien spoke back to him.

Robbie, who will be headlining BST in London’s Hyde Park on ­Sunday, said: “The reason why I started having 24-hour security was not for my own safety, it was just because I was scared of what was happening around me when I was alone.

“I was always scared to talk to them because that would make it real and if it was just in my head then it would just be in my head.

“If I said it out loud then I would be more scared than I already was.”

Speaking to Jo Wood for her ­podcast Alien Nation, Robbie added: “Maybe this is a mental illness. I don’t think so, but I have to put that out there for the ­sceptics.”

It sounds as if Robbie and wife Ayda Field need to lay off the cheese before bed.

String it out, Babs

BARBRA Streisand didn’t cut any corners as she made her triumphant return to the UK tonight at BST.

The hitmaker, who arrived on stage in a pink kaftan, had earlier prepared with a three hour soundcheck at London’s Hyde Park, with the audience arriving just as she was finishing.

Showbiz icon Barbra Streisand returned to the UK tonight at BST 
Showbiz icon Barbra Streisand returned to the UK tonight at BST
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A source said: “She wanted to sound perfect. She was heard asking for ‘more cello’ as she made sure the orchestra was on point.”

There were rumours Barbra had brought a patch of grass from her house for her cloned dogs Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett. It’s definitely a step up from dried out Hyde Park turf.

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Spotify Top 20

  1. Senorita – SHAWN MENDES, 3.5m
  2. Beautiful People – ED SHEERAN and KHALID, 3.5m
  3. Vossi Bop – STORMZY, 3m
  4. I Don’t Care – ED SHEERAN and JUSTIN BIEBER, 3m
  5. Someone You Loved – LEWIS CAPALDI, 2.7m
  6. Bad Guy – BILLIE EILISH, 2.5m
  7. Piece Of Your Heart – MEDUZA, 2.3m
  8. Crown – STORMZY, 2.3m
  9. Cross Me – ED SHEERAN and CHANCE THE RAPPER, 2.2m
  10. Old Town Road (remix) – LIL NAS X, 2m
  11. Mad Love – MABEL, 2m
  12. Hold Me While You Wait – LEWIS CAPALDI, 2m
  13. Never Really Over – KATY PERRY, 1.8m
  14. SOS – AVICII, 1.8m
  15. You Need To Calm Down – TAYLOR SWIFT, 1.8m
  16. Location – DAVE and BURNA BOY, 1.7m
  17. Wish You Well – SIGALA, 1.6m
  18. No Guidance – CHRIS BROWN and DRAKE, 1.6m
  19. Summer Days – MARTIN GARRIX, 1.5m
  20. Money In The Grave – DRAKE and RICK ROSS, 1.5m

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