A remake of the 1949 comedy Whisky Galore! will close this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).

Gregor Fisher and Eddie Izzard star in the classic tale set in the Hebrides and based on the novel by Compton Mackenzie.

The world premiere will take place at the end of the 70th edition of the festival on June 26.


Producer Iain Maclean said: "It's wonderful to bring Sir Compton Mackenzie's story about whisky and the islanders to a new generation of film fans through this year's EIFF."

Whisky Galore! is inspired by the true story of the sinking of a cargo ship off the coast of Eriskay during the Second World War.

Locals' attempts to salvage thousands of bottles of malt find opposition in the form of the local Home Guard.

The remake also stars Scots actors James Cosmo, Kevin Guthrie and Sean Biggerstaff.

EIFF artistic director Mark Adams said: "It is a delightful adaptation of a much-loved classic and will wrap up our 70th edition in memorable style."

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday.