Every story must have its villain, and in the case of Beatrix Potter‘s classic The Tale of Peter Rabbit, it’s unquestionably Mr. McGregor, the big-bearded gardener intent upon keeping hungry rabbits out of his vegetable garden.
We already know that James Corden will play the eponymous big-eared hero in an upcoming movie adaptation of the children’s book, but what about his rake-wielding nemesis who threatens to put him in a pie if ever he catches him?
Mr. McGregor will be one of only two live-action figures in the film, as well as “Bea” (Rose Byrne), a character presumably modeled on the story’s author, and finally we’ve discovered who’ll play him.
Deadline reports it’s none other than Domhnall Gleeson, the busy Irish actor who’s been stacking up movies in recent years, from blockbusters such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina, and The Revenant to quieter, more arthouse films like Brooklyn and an upcoming biopic about children’s author A.A. Milne.
In the six short years since his breakout role in Harry Potter, he’s become one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, making him the perfect choice for the part of Mr. McGregor.
That and the big bushy beard, of course.
The tale’s other fluffier characters will be created through CGI and voiced by The Night Manager‘s Elizabeth Debicki, and Gleeson’s Star Wars co-star Daisy Ridley.
Honestly, could this movie sound any more delightful? We can’t wait to see what director Will Gluck, responsible for the 2014 reboot of Annie, will make of it when it’s released in April 2018.
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