Fox Searchlight released the first official stills of the Untitled A.A. Milne Project earlier this week via USA Today. We have added the stills in our gallery. The movie is expected to be released in 2017.
Domhnall Gleeson is trading the evil of General Hux for the kid-friendly charm of Winnie-the-Pooh.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Gleeson plays British children’s author A.A. Milne in an upcoming biopic based on the life of the beloved teddy bear’s creator. USA TODAY has the first look at stills from the as yet untitled Fox Searchlight movie — which started filming in England two weeks ago — featuring Gleeson, Margot Robbie (who veers far from Harley Quinn as wife Daphne Milne) and newcomer Will Tilston (as little Christopher Robin).
With the working title of The Untitled A.A. Milne Project — though, honestly, we dug the original Goodbye Christopher Robin handle — the movie centers on the father/son relationship between Milne and Christopher Robin, whose stuffed toys inspired Milne to create the magical world of Pooh Bear, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and the rest of the gang that inhabited the books Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926 and The House at Pooh Corner two years later. The tomes took England by storm following World War I, but also overshadowed all of Milne’s previous works and put an international spotlight on the family and their nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald).
Deadline is reporting that Domhnall is in talks for “Goodbye Christopher Robin“.
Domhnall Gleeson, seared into the consciences of children worldwide for his turn as the villainous General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, could be about to play a more family friendly figure in Winnie the Pooh creator AA Milne. Gleeson is in talks to board Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin, which charts the relationship between Milne and his son, which led to the creation of everyone’s favourite honey-loving bear Winnie the Pooh. Pooh was named after Milne’s son Robin’s teddy bear. Robin, who initially had a difficult relationship with his father, also served as the inspiration for the character Christopher Robin. The real Robin’s toys also lent their names to other Winnie the Pooh characters such as Tigger, Eyeore and Piglet.
Prolific Brit producer Damian Jones is producing along with former Pinewood Pictures head Steve Christian. Pathe developed the project, which will go through Jones’ first-look production pact with Fox Searchlight, news of which Deadline broke a few weeks ago. This is shaping up nicely for Jones, who has been on a roll of late with local hits Dad’s Army and The Lady in the Van as well as the feature adaptation of classic comedy Brit TV series Absolutely Fabulous, which Fox Searchlight will distribute and co-finance with BBC Films.