In case you needed any more proof that the '90s are back, Absolutely Fabulous, the cult-favorite BBC sitcom starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, is getting the big screen treatment. And in the film adaptation, in theaters this Friday, July 22, Edina and Patsy take their usual self-indulgent hijinks to the next level—by accidentally pushing Kate Moss into the River Thames, where she is presumed dead.
"Kate Moss is the one person who represents London cool," Saunders said Tuesday night on a panel in downtown Manhattan, sponsored by OUT @ Time Inc. and moderated by InStyle's Eric Wilson. "Her girl squad is amazing. Everyone wants to be a little moon around Kate in that little circuit." Below, five facts we gleaned about the film from the two stars. Spoilers ahead.
1. Saunders and Lumley wrote the script back in 1995.
Joanna Lumley: We first wanted to do a movie in the '90s—we were filming an episode of the show in Morocco and wrote the script and thought, How hard can it be?
Jennifer Saunders: TV is much harder to film now in Britain. I think people are more easily offended. Everybody's got a Twitter account.
2. Edina is bankrupt in the film.
Jennifer Saunders: Eddie's overwhelmed to the point of being bankrupt, even though she's only ever had Emma Bunton and Lulu [as clients]. But she needs a new one, and she assumes she's a natural for the Kate Moss job.
4. The costumes will be epic.
Jennifer Saunders: Our costume designer, Rebecca Hale, wanted to put in all British designers because it's a British movie. So Vivienne Westwood made costumes. I just wanted everything to be more comfortable!
Joanna Lumley: I pulled a Yves Saint Laurent jacket out of my closet. It's a leopard print brocade duster—Patsy wears it in the South of France to seduce a rich man on a huge yacht. It turns out he makes pornographic films.
5. Kate Moss did her own stunts (including swimming in the River Thames).
Jennifer Saunders: It was filmed in stages. She fell off the balcony onto a mattress and came out in the Thames.
Joanna Lumley: The River Thames in November can be a bit naughty, a bit choppy, a bit grim. Models are tough. When they're not being bad, they're good.
Watch the trailer for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie above, and make sure to catch the film in theaters Friday, July 22.