We have known for a while that Ricky Gervais was returning to the character that made him famous – and now the first trailer for the new movie David Brent: Life on the Road is here.

It sees the former Wernham Hogg boss in familiar environs – stuck in a dreary office but still thinking of himself as a rock star. While Gervais has emphasised that other characters from The Office won’t appear, you can expect the same kind of cringe-worthy humour – at least going by the trailer, which you can view above. After you’ve done that, read the full synopsis below:


David Brent: Life on the Road sees the highly anticipated big screen debut of one of comedy’s best-loved characters, David Brent (Ricky Gervais). The film catches up with Brent twelve years on from the BBC mockumentary The Office to find he is now a travelling salesman with Lavichem, a cleaning and ladies’ personal hygiene products company. However, he hasn’t given up on his dream of rock stardom and is about to embark on a self-financed UK tour with his band, ‘Foregone Conclusion’.

Assembling a group of session musicians who are just in it for the money, and talented rapper Dom (Ben Bailey Smith) in an attempt to gain street cred, Brent cashes in his pensions and takes unpaid leave in a bid to turn his dream into reality. Get ready to join David Brent on the road as he takes one last shot at fame and fortune.”


Since The Office, Gervais has appeared as David Brent in a Comic Relief sketch as well as several YouTube videos. However, this will be his first return to the character in a proper production.

The movie is directed, produced, written by and stars Ricky Gervais. It will arrive in the UK on August 19.


Image via BBC Films