Three-time Emmy winner Brad Garrett will put his recognizable baritone to good use as the voice of Eeyore in Disney’s CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, which is also bringing back Jim Cummings as the voice of Winnie the Pooh, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Marc Forster (Finding Neverland) is directing the live-action movie, which stars Ewan McGregor as the title character, the little boy from the “Winnie the Pooh” series who’s now all grown up and has lost his sense of imagination. Thankfully, Pooh and his friends re-enter Robin’s life to help him find it once again.
Hayley Atwell will play McGregor’s wife, while Bronte Carmichael (On Chesil Beach) will play their young daughter. In other news, Mark Gatiss, who plays Mycroft Holmes on the hit BBC series Sherlock, will play McGregor’s boss, who keeps him working long hours that take a toll on his family.
Brigham Taylor is producing the movie, which was written by Hidden Figures scribe Allison Schroeder. Disney has yet to cast the roles of Tigger and Piglet, but expect those to drop soon.
Best known for his lovable turn on the long-running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, Garrett is no stranger to Disney, having voiced characters in A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, Ratatoiuille, Finding Dory, Tangled, Planes and The Country Bears, as well as numerous direct-to-video titles. On the live-action side, he recently appeared on NBC’s This Is Us and FX’s Fargo, and he also just wrapped the CBS pilot The Get with Amy Brenneman. He’s represented by UTA, Management 360 and attorney Michael Gendler.
Gatiss recently wrapped Yorgos Lanthimos’ next film The Favourite with Emma Stone, and he’ll soon return to Doctor Who. His recent feature credits include Denial and Our Kind of Traitor. He’s repped by Curtis Brown Group.
Cummings has been voicing Winnie the Pooh since the ’80s, with a few exceptions here and there. He’s repped by Atlas Talent Agency.
The Christopher Robin news was first reported by The Hashtag Show.
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