Sony’s Peter Rabbit movie, one which will incorporate CGI and live-action elements, has welcomed Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson into its ranks.
First reported by Deadline, Gleeson has landed the part of menacing farmer Mr. McGregor in this new spin on Beatrix Potter’s cherished children’s book. The other live-action role belongs to Neighbors star Rose Byrne. Host of The Late Late Show James Corden will lend his vocal chords to the title role of Peter, and will be joined in the recording booth by Daisy Ridley and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star, Elizabeth Debicki. Last time Ridley crossed paths with the Irishman, it involved a certain galactic entanglement in a galaxy far, far away. This new project, however, is literally worlds away from tales of Rebels fighting against the Empire.
No word yet on which story Sony’s Peter Rabbit will tap into – The Tale of Benjamin Bunny to The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies are both early candidates – or whether the studio, which is partnering with VFX experts Animal Logic, will craft an original story that lifts inspiration from a handful of Potter’s narratives like, say, The Dark Tower adaptation. Production on Peter Rabbit is set to commence Down Under soon after the turn of the year though, with Sony eyeing an April 2018 release date.
Come 2017, Domhnall Gleeson will be reprising the role of General Hux for Star Wars: Episode VIII – re-teaming with Ridley in the process – before headlining Fox Searchlight’s Untitled A.A. Milne Project opposite Margot Robbie. It had previously been known as Goodbye Christopher Robin.