Okay, so, gosh. There’s a lot to get our heads round in that headline. First of all, yes, Disney is making a live-action version of Winnie the Pooh, their classic cartoon series based on A.A. Milne‘s timeless children’s books.
It’s a sequel of sorts — called Christopher Robin, it takes place when the little boy from the books has grown up and forgotten the friends of his once vivid imagination.
And yes, playing him is none other than Ewan McGregor, fresh from portraying Lumiere in another of Disney’s live-action hits, Beauty and the Beast (not to mention his shaven headed, less-child friendly alter ego Renton in Trainspotting 2).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story will follow Christopher as he struggles to balance the demands of his job with the responsibilities of his own family, when he is suddenly visited by his former honey-loving friend Pooh, who needs help finding his friends in Hundred Acre Wood.
Does that sound familiar? It reminds us of Hook, the 1991 film starring Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan who’s forgotten Neverland and that he ever was the ringleader of the Lost Boys. Or even the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, which features a grown-up Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael (Ben Whishaw) as they reencounter their magical nanny from yesteryear.
This new film also represents a renewed interest in the Winnie the Pooh author and the inspiration behind his books, his own young son, Christopher Robin Milne. Ninety years after the first book was published, another film is in the works starring Harry Potter‘s Domhnall Gleeson as the author, Margot Robbie as his wife Daphne de Sélincourt, and BBC America’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a character called Mary Brown.
Disney’s addition sounds as if it will be fictional rather than a biopic, and, if previous live-action reboots of their classic cartoons are anything to go by, it will seek to maintain the magic of the original films.
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