Hayley Atwell (“Marvel’s Agent Carter”) has just joined Ewan McGregor (“Beauty and the Beast”) in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Christopher Robin,” according to Variety. Marc Forster (“Quantum of Solace”) will direct, with Brigham Taylor (“The Jungle Book”) producing. Allison Schroeder (“Hidden Figures”) is rewriting the script; the second draft was written by Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”) and Alex Ross Perry wrote the first (“Queen of Earth”).
The live-action film will reportedly follow a grown up Christopher Robin who has lost his imagination and wants it back. Pooh Bear and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood will reunite with their old friend to help him find his inner child. Atwell will play Robin’s wife, while McGregor will play Robin himself.
The film is part of Disney’s ongoing quest to revamp their classic animated films into modern live-action stories, which has paid off incredibly well for the studio. “Beauty and the Beast” is the highest-grossing film of the year to date, and previous films “The Jungle Book,” “Cinderella” and “Maleficent” have done extraordinarily well with audiences and critics. Live-action productions of “Mulan” and “Aladdin” are currently in the works along with the “Christopher Robin” flick.
Atwell is no stranger to Disney, as she’s portrayed the badass Agent Carter of the MCU in several Marvel projects; she even landed her own solo spinoff, “Agent Carter.” The show was unfortunately cancelled before it truly hit its stride, even though fans and critics praised the series. She also played Cinderella’s mother in the live-action “Cinderella.”
No release date has been set for “Christopher Robin.”
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