Last month, Variety broke the news that Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson would be starring in Goodbye Christopher Robin, the upcoming biopic about Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne from director Simon Curtis, working from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan. Fox Searchlight has now confirmed the news in a press release, adding this official synopsis:
Goodbye Christopher Robin offers a rare glimpse into the relationship between the beloved children’s author and his son, Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, 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?
Gleeson is onboard to portray Milne, while Robbie will join the flick as the author’s wife, Daphne. No word yet on who might be up for the role of Milne’s son, or how – if at all – Winnie the Pooh and his friends will factor into the film. Over the years, Pooh, Eeyore and Tigger have become an iconic part of the Disney roster, and it should be interesting to see if Fox Searchlight will try to work out some kind of agreement with the Mouse House, or find clever ways to dance around them.
Curtis, whose My Week With Marilyn deserves to be seen by more folks, seems eager to get to work on the project:
“I am delighted to be collaborating with Frank Cottrell Boyce to tell the remarkable and poignant story of the family behind the creation of Winnie the Pooh. We are assembling a wonderful cast, headed by two actors I am longing to work with – Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.”
With both performers currently in demand after a string of successful projects, Goodbye Christopher Robin must have something special to offer, which makes me hopeful that the finished product will be more than just a typical biopic. The film is expected to begin production this year, although no official release date has been set.
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