Fox Searchlight Pictures has confirmed today (via Coming Soon) that Domhnall Gleeson (The Revenant, About Time) and Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, Wold of Wall Street) will headline the upcoming Goodbye Christopher Robin. The film will follow the real life story of the inspiration for Christopher Robin and his toys. Continue reading for more information.
According to the report, Gleeson is playing A.A. Milne, the author and creator of Winnie the Pooh, and Robbie will be playing his wife Daphne. The movie is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) from a screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions) and Simon Vaughan (War and Peace). Here’s what the folks at Fox Searchlight Pictures had to say about the casting and story.
“I am delighted to be collaborating with Frank Cottrell Boyce to tell the remarkable and poignant story of the family behind the creation of Winnie the Pooh,” says Curtis. “We are assembling a wonderful cast, headed by two actors I am longing to work with – Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie”.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Damian Jones and Steve Christian again and can’t wait to see Simon Curtis’ unique vision come to life,” add David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield, Fox Searchlight Pictures Co-Heads of Production. “In Domhnall and Margot we have the next generation of acting talent who we know will shine a beautiful light on A. A. Milne’s incredible and enduring story.”
Here’s a synopsis for Goodbye Christopher Robin:
“Goodbye Christopher Robin offers a rare glimpse into the relationship between the beloved children’s author and his son, Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?”
Let me start by saying that I really like both of these relatively young stars. I’ll admit that when I first saw them together in About Time I wouldn’t have expected either of them to move up the ladder in Hollywood, but both have put together strong portfolios of both big budget blockbusters and smaller acting vehicles. Particularly Gleeson’s range last year alone acting in Ex Machina, Brooklyn, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Revenant was impressive. That said, Robbie has the higher upside as a movie star with Suicide Squad on the horizon. With both of these stars involved, I’m interested to see how this project progresses.
What are your thoughts on seeing Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie in Goodbye Christopher Robin? I’ll keep you posted on any new information that surfaces about this project.