James Corden trades his Late Late Show desk for Mr. McGregor’s garden in the first trailer for the adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic children’s novel, Peter Rabbit. This updated take on the feisty rabbit hits theaters in early 2018, but audiences get a sneak peek of his shenanigans-to-come ahead of then.
From director Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits), Peter Rabbit embraces a familiar setting with some updated flairs. For one, the miserly Mr. McGregor is now portrayed by Domhnall Gleeson, who appears to be a tad less cantankerous (if his brief appearance in the teaser is any evidence of his overall personality). In fact, his portrayal looks to be a far cry from his Dark Side enthusiast, General Hux from the Star Wars franchise. However, the real scene-stealer in the trailer is the titular rabbit himself, Peter (voiced by Corden).
The teaser trailer for Peter Rabbit (which was debuted online exclusively by Yahoo!) introduces the “beautiful wood” in which the story is set, with a bunny hopping along a picturesque field. All seems tranquil until this seemingly peaceful bunny hops straight into a quartet of singing birds, knocking them to the ground, and ultimately setting the energetic tone that audiences can expect for the next minute and fifty odd seconds.
This iteration of the classic character embraces his role as the local life of the party, inviting any willing animals – big or small – to partake in the garden festivities (even though he definitely doesn’t have an ounce of permission). He’s even willing to let bygones be bygones by inviting a fox who once attempted to eat him. He shells out leaves as if they were dollar bills, stage dives, and throws a house party that could rival any teen comedy rager. Now, if only he took into account the fact that the house doesn’t belong to him…
Based on a screenplay by Gluck and co-writer Rob Lieber (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, The Golbergs), Peter Rabbit appears to have put a rather modern spin on the source material, for better or for worse. This will be Corden’s first leading role in a major motion picture (albeit via voice work), though he will also lend his voice to the Wreck-It Ralph sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (which also arrives in 2018).
Peter Rabbit also stars Rose Byrne, as well as the vocal talent of Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, and Elizabeth Debicki.
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