The world and his wife seem to be teaming up with Disney in one form or another, and hot on the heels of the live-action Beauty and the Beast, which saw Ewan McGregor play the suave French candelabra Lumière, it has surfaced that McGregor is in talks to take the lead in their upcoming take on an adult Christopher Robin.
Christopher Robin was the child in the A.A. Milne Winnie the Pooh stories, however, Disney’s new venture will focus on Robin as an adult, a businessman focused on his work and success and who has lost his childlike sense of imagination. The young Robin was in fact inspired and named after Milne’s own son in the Winnie the Pooh books and poems which Disney also adapted on numerous occasions for the animation market.
Already on board Disney’s latest venture for world dominance is the Quantum of Solace and World War Z director Marc Foster who will take the helm. The Jungle Book producer, Brigham Taylor will also produce the story which seess Hidden Figures screenwriter, Allison Schroeder, also sign-up to re-work a script from Alex Ross Perry and Tom McCarthy.
Disney’s Christopher Robin will be the second feature from the world of Winnie the Pooh, the first came in the form of Fox Searchlight’s Goodbye Christopher Robin which centred on the real-life story of Pooh writer A.A. Milne.
McGregor’s career has had an almighty jump start of late, not only can he be seen taking a double star turn in the third season of Fargo as Probation officer Ray Stussy and his twin brother Emmit but we have had the pleasure of his presence in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting 2, returning 20 years after the original to try and make up for the damage he caused to his closest friends all those years ago.