[Update 2 p.m.: The Tracking Board now hears that talks have broken down and Arterton will no longer tackle Christopher Robin. Chalk it up to the fickle nature of the biz, folks! Our earlier story, which was accurate at the time it was posted, is below.]
There’s a James Bond reunion on the horizon, as Quantum of Solace star Gemma Arterton is in early talks to play Ewan McGregor’s wife in in Marc Forster’s Disney movie CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, the Tracking Board has learned.
Sources caution that it’s early in the dealmaking process and things could fall apart over Arterton’s schedule.
In between directing Finding Neverland and World War Z, Forster directed the second of Daniel Craig’s 007 films, which saw Arterton play Bond girl Strawberry Fields. This collaboration will be quite different, as Christopher Robin centers on the child from the A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories — but he’s all grown up.
McGregor will play the adult Christopher Robin, who has lost his sense of imagination and is a businessman focused on work and success. Arterton is negotiating a deal to play his wife, Evelyn.
The Jungle Book producer Brigham Taylor is producing the project, while Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures) wrote the most recent draft of the script.
Milne’s Christopher Robin was inspired by and named after his own son, Christopher Robin Milne. He wrote about the character in two books, Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928), and other poems. Disney adapted the tales into several animated projects, including the 1988 series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the 2011 animated film Winnie the Pooh.
Arterton, who can currently be seen in the well-reviewed film Their Finest, next stars opposite Dominic Cooper in the indie drama The Escape. She also starred in this year’s zombie thriller The Girl With All the Gifts. Arterton is represented by CAA, Independent Talent Group, Agence Adequat and attorney Douglas R. Stone.
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