James Corden to play Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts

Paul Potts (left) will be played by Gavin and Stacey star James Corden Paul Potts (left) will be played by Gavin and Stacey star and Tony award-winner James Corden

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Actor James Corden is to play Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts in a new film, it has been confirmed.

Gavin and Stacey star Corden has signed a deal with producer Harvey Weinstein to portray opera singer Potts, of Port Talbot, in One Chance.

Former Carphone Warehouse salesman Potts, 41, won the first series of the ITV show in 2007.

A spokesman for Corden said: "James will be working on an upcoming film with Harvey Weinstein."

She told BBC Wales more details would be released soon.

One Chance, named after Bristol-born Potts' debut album, will reportedly be directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) and will tell the story of Potts' rise to fame.

He won Britain's Got Talent in 2007 with his performance of Nessun Dorma and the tenor is now reputed to be worth £6m.

Corden, 33, rose to fame as Smithy in BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey, which he also co-wrote with Ruth Jones.

Earlier this week he beat a shortlist of US stars to the prestigious best actor Tony award for his performance in the National Theatre's production of One Man, Two Guvnors on Broadway.

It has been reported filming will start after Corden's wedding to Julia Carey in September.

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