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Sunday 17 December 2017

Singing soldiers get set for film fame

The story of a trio of soldiers who have become chart stars could get the Hollywood treatment with Bruce Willis tipped to play one of the men in a film about their lives.

The group have released two albums since getting together as The Soldiers. Nick Patrick, one of the British production team who put the group together, said: "It's just come out of the blue, it's amazing.

"I'm going out to the US next week to talk about it.

"We've had names bandied about like Bruce Willis and Matt Damon."

Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi was spotted after he appeared on the X Factor and was introduced to the other band members who serve with the Corps Of Army Music.

Both Sergeant Major Gary Chilton and Staff Sergeant Richie Maddocks joined the British Army straight from school and served in the Gulf War. Mr Patrick said: "I think it is an extraordinary story and the thing is these guys have another life going on as well.

"They are all serving soldiers and Ryan is likely to be in Afghanistan next year. Their rise coincided with an outpouring of warmth towards the forces."

The group, who released their second album, Letters Home, earlier this month, have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities including Help for Heroes.

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