Hayley Atwell is the latest actress to join Disney’s upcoming Christopher Robin film. The movie will be centered around the iconic real-life boy, whose father made him a central character in the Winnie the Pooh stories. However, the film should not be confused with the upcoming Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie-led Goodbye Christopher Robin – which focuses more on the relationship Robin had with his parents as a boy and the creation of Winnie-the-Pooh – while the Disney-produced film will tell a much different story.
Instead, Disney’s Christopher Robin will catch up with the original boy from the Winnie the Pooh series, as an adult who has lost all sense of fun and imagination thanks to his work and adult responsibilities. That is, until Pooh and the rest of his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood find a way back into Robin’s life, in the hopes of reminding him of the magic he has forgotten about. And it looks like, despite the film still not having a release date, Disney’s Christopher Robin is starting to round out the rest of its main cast.
Variety is reporting that Atwell has now been cast in the film. She joins Ewan McGregor, who will be playing the adult Christopher Robin, as the only other actor currently attached to the project. The report states that Atwell will be playing the wife of McGregor’s Robin, a role that Gemma Arterton is said to have passed on. World War Z and Stranger Than Fiction helmer, Marc Forster, will be directing Christopher Robin, with Brigham Taylor also producing the project, based on a script written by Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures).
Atwell is of course, most well-known for her role as Peggy Carter in the Captain America films and short-lived Agent Carter ABC TV series. Her casting in Christopher Robin only continues what is shaping up to be a long and successful working relationship with Disney – after having not only been involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having worked on 2015’s Cinderella and her other ABC TV series, Conviction. In addition to Christopher Robin, Atwell is also set to star in Starz and the BBC’s upcoming Howard’s End miniseries.
Disney’s Christopher Robin has gone through an interesting evolution over the years as well, with Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth) having written the original draft of the script, before Spotlight helmer, Tom McCarthy was brought on board to pen a rewrite, and now with Schroeder bringing her unique voice to the project. The film also continues Disney’s latest, successful trend of bringing their most iconic properties to life in live-action form on the big screen, this time with the characters and world of Winnie the Pooh. Thanks to its unique premise and talented creative team, this movie could prove to be one of the studio’s most interesting reimaginings to date.
There is currently no release date set for Christopher Robin.
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