Sony's upcoming live-action animation Peter Rabbit is building up quite the cast, with Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie the latest name set to be added to the film's growing roster. The Australian actor is said to be in final negotiations to lend her voice to a CGI character in the movie alongside existing cast members Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley and James Corden, who will portray the titular bunny.
Unlike the others, Rose Byrne (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Domhnall Gleeson will be seen on screen as Bea and grumpy gardener Mr McGregor respectively. If Robbie does in fact sign a deal with Sony Pictures, Peter Rabbit will mark her second time working with Gleeson, having starred opposite him in Goodbye Christopher Robin, which they are both currently shooting in the UK.
Annie filmmaker Will Gluck will direct the film and also co-wrote the script with up-and-coming screenwriter Rob Lieber. Production will reportedly begin in January 2017 in Australia's animated VFX studio Animal Logic, aiming for a March/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 said. "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."
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 patch of 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.
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