Domhnall Gleeson has joined the cast of Sony's forthcoming live-action/animation hybrid movie Peter Rabbit, based on the beloved literary character created by children's author Beatrix Potter. In the film, the Irish actor will reunite with his Star Wars: The Force Awakens co-star Daisy Ridley as well as appearing alongside Elizabeth Debicki, Rose Byrne and James Corden, who are already linked to the project.
Gleeson will reportedly play villainous human Mr McGregor in the movie, while Byrne is portraying a character named Bea, presumably inspired by Potter herself, and Corden will be lending his voice to the titular bunny. Ridley and Debicki's roles are yet to be announced, however, according to IMDb, they will be voicing a character rather than being seen on-screen themselves.
First published in 1902, The Tale of Peter Rabbit followed a bunch of young anthropomorphic bunnies, who are warned by their mother not to enter the vegetable garden of a grumpy old man named Mr McGregor.
While three of the siblings obey their parent, notoriously rebellious Peter sneaks into the allotment and soon finds himself having to escape from the keen gardener's clutches.
According to Variety, Annie's Will Gluck is currently on board the project as director while up-and-coming screenwriter Rob Leiber co-wrote the script with Gluck. Production will reportedly begin in January 2017 in Australia's animated VFX studio Animal Logic, aiming for a scheduled April 2018 release date.
"We at Penguin Random House UK are delighted to be working with Columbia Pictures," Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK, previously told the publication. "As custodians of Potter's brand and legacy, we are excited about the opportunity this production will bring to engage a whole new audience with the world of Beatrix Potter and one of her best-loved characters, the mischievous Peter Rabbit."
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