Domhnall Gleeson is set to take on the role of author A.A. Milne in director Simon Curtis’ biopic, Saying Goodbye to Christopher Robin, reports Deadline Hollywood.
We’ve seen Gleeson as the the hopeless romantic in films like 2013’s About Time and 2015’s Ex Machina. But more recently he took on the role of the self-assured Captain Andrew Henry in 2015’s Oscar-winning film The Revenant and the menacing General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also out in 2015. He’s shown his range with a diverse choice of roles.
And now he’s taking on the challenge of portraying a real-life person.
Milne was inspired to create Winnie the Pooh after watching his young son Christopher Robin playing with his toys. Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, The Wolf of Wall Street) is signed on to portray Daphne, Milne’s wife and mother to Christopher Robin.
Winnie the Pooh made his debut following the end of WWI, giving people a bit of light during dark days. The film details how Milne and his family, including their nanny Olive, handled the international success that came with the series.
Here’s a look at Milne, circa 1937:
And his young son Christopher Robin playing in a canoe, circa 1925:
Disney brought Pooh to the big screen with the 1966 film Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.
The release date for Saying Goodbye to Christopher Robin, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (The Railway Man, Doctor Who) and Simon Vaughan (War & Peace, Ripper Street), has yet to be confirmed.
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