Sony’s Columbia Pictures has officially landed James Corden as the voice of the titular character in PETER RABBIT. The live-action/animated adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s children’s classic has also announced that Rose Byrne will be playing the live-action role of Bea and that Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki will be lending their voice to the feature.
Directed by Will Gluck, the film is said to be a modern interpretation of the stories with Peter Rabbit, a mischievous rabbit familiar to many by his periwinkle blue jacket, sneaking into Mr. McGregor’s garden, who is adamantly trying to keep his space decidedly rabbit-free. Rob Lieber wrote the script with revisions from Gluck.
Production is set to start at the Syndey-based animated VFX studio Animal Logic, which also worked on The LEGO Movie. The movie is slated for an April 2018 release date.
The Tracking Board broke the news that Gluck would produce the film under his Oliver Bridge Entertainment banner last year. Zareh Nalbandian of Animal Logic Entertainment is also set to produce. Doug Belgrad, Jason Lust and Olive Bridge’s Jodi Hildebrand will serve as executive producers. Lauren Abrahams of Sony Pictures Animation will oversee for Sony.
Corden is currently host of The Late Late Show, where he has found massive success with his Carpool Karaoke segment, which is turning into a standalone game show. He also lends his voice to the upcoming animated feature Trolls opposite Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake. He is repped by CAA and United Agents.
Byrne was recently seen in X-Men: Apocalypse and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. She will lend her voice to the animated feature Larrikins and will star opposite Oprah Winfrey in HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She is repped by CAA, RGM Artists, and Peter Hess.
Ridley is set to reprise her role as Rey in Star Wars: Episode VIII. She is also the narrator and executive producer of the documentary The Eagle Huntress. She has been attached to star in a full slate of films in 2018 including J.J. Abrams’ Kolma and Ophelia, a reimagining of Hamlet. She is repped by CAA and Peter Hess.
Debicki recently starred in the Emmy-nominated drama The Night Manager opposite Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. She has a full slate of films in the upcoming year including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the sci-fi thriller God Particle. She is repped by CAA and United Management.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer