Domnhall Gleeson battles a bunch of adorable creatures in the wacky second trailer for Peter Rabbit. In this furry family film based on Beatrix Potter’s characters, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor plays the vermin-hating villain Mr. McGregor, who has to pretend to get on with Peter and his pals when he falls for the animal enthusiast girl next door (played by Rose Byrne).

British funnyman James Corden is providing the voice of Peter Rabbit this time around. Corden, of course, is best known to American audiences for The Late, Late Show and the viral videos it produces: most recently, his fans have chuckled heartily at his sketches about the Stranger Things boys as a Motown covers band and Thor: Ragnarok being shown ‘in 4D’. Corden has been seen in acting roles before in such productions as the hilarious BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey and the movie musical Begin Again.

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Following on from the first Peter Rabbit trailer, this promo heralds the movie’s February 2018 release in highly humorous fashion. Gleeson, it must be said, looks like he’s having the time of his life. A synopsis for the film has been shared, as well:

Domhnall Gleeson in Peter Rabbit Peter Rabbit Trailer #2: Domhnall Gleeson Is Hunting Animals

“Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.”

Following the immense success of StudioCanal’s Paddington films, it’s easy to speculate as to why Sony has put a lot of money into producing this CGI-meets-live-action adaptation of a beloved children’s book character. Sony will be hoping that director/co-writer Will Gluck (who previously directed Easy A and Annie) can deliver the goods a forge a new sequel-worthy, merchandise-heavy franchise.

However, although you might suspect this movie was born from corporate bean-counting, the end product still looks like a lot of fun. Corden’s voice brings the perfect blend of humor and cheekiness, while Domhnall Gleeson is clearly enjoying swinging axes around and chewing scenery in a way he never could as the serious and sinister General Hux in the Star Wars movies. Hopefully, the Peter Rabbit film will be just as watchable and amusing as its trailers.

More: Warner Bros Picks Up Paddington 2 For U.S. Release

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Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment

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