Star Wars: The Force Awaken actor Domhnall Gleeson has joined Sony’s upcoming live-action/CGI adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s PETER RABBIT. He’ll be taking on the role of the pseudo-villainous farmer, Mr. McGregor, who’s intent on keeping the mischievous Peter (James Corden) out of his vegetable garden.
First published in 1902, Potter’s first story finds the titular rabbit sneaking into Mr. McGregor’s garden and eating all the vegetables he can. When the farmer spots him, a chase ensues and Peter gets away, but not before losing his jacket and shorts, which McGregor uses to dress a scarecrow. Rose Byrne will play another live-action character, while Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki are set to voice two of the other CGI characters.
The film is being directed and revised by Will Gluck (the original adapted script was by Rob Lieber), with production slated to begin early next year at the VFX studio Animal Logic in Australia. The publisher of the books, Frederick Warne & Co., is also involved and planning a merchandise campaign for the film when it rolls out.
Doug Belgrad, Jason Lust, and Jodi Hildebrand are exec producing, with Gluck and Zareh Nalbandian producing as well.
Gleeson is coming off an excellent 2015, having appeared in four major films: Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Brooklyn, and The Revenant. He’ll be seen in Star Wars: Episode VIII as well as Goodbye Christopher Robin alongside Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald, where he’ll be seen as Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne.
He is repped by Paradigm and The Agency in Ireland.
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Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.