Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that Domhnall Gleeson (THE REVENANT, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS) is set to play well known author and Winnie the Pooh creator A. A. Milne with Margot Robbie (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET) as his wife Daphne. The film will be directed by Simon Curtis (WOMAN IN GOLD, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN) and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (MILLIONS) and Simon Vaughan (“War and Peace”). Damian Jones (ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE, THE LADY IN THE VAN) and Steve Christian (BELLE) will serve as producers.
Winnie-the-Pooh would not have been if it wasn’t for the incredible story of a Canadian soldier, Lt Harry Colebourne who decided to bring a little black bear with him to fight in World War I (WWI).
When Colebourne was sent to fight on the front line in France, Winnie the bear (named after the Canadian city, Winnipeg), was sent to the London Zoo, where she went on to become a mega star. It was there at the Zoo, that a young boy, Christopher Robin, formed a special relationship with Winnie, who then inspired his father, A.A. Milne to create the iconic honey bear we know and love today.
Although the synopsis below doesn’t touch on this bond between bear and boy, we hope that it does get covered as it’s the essence of the books. However, Christopher Robin grew up resenting all the attention and of course his father. Indeed, this has all the ingredients movies are made of!
GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), 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?
We’re looking forward to hearing more news on this.