Hayley Atwell Joins the Cast of Christopher Robin

Posted 2017/08/02 0 0

Hayley Atwell is set to co-star with Ewan McGregor in Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” sources tell Variety.

 

Variety reports that Disney’s upcoming Christopher Robin movie has added another key role. Agent Peggy Carter herself, Hayley Atwell, has joined Ewan McGregor in the upcoming film as the titular character’s wife, a woman who somehow had no problem marrying a man who has no imagination.

Christopher Robin, not to be confused with the similarly-titled Goodbye Christopher Robin, will follow McGregor as Winnie the Pooh's former best friend, now an adult who has lost his imagination and prioritizes work over his family. That all changes when Pooh and his friends reenter his life, helping him find his happiness once again.

Atwell and Disney have a strong relationship, dating back to Atwell’s first appearance as Agent Carter in Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger.” The character was so popular that ABC, owned by Disney, made an “Agent Carter” spinoff series, which was canceled last year despite critical acclaim. Atwell also played Cinderella’s mother in Disney’s 2015 remake of “Cinderella,” one of the studio’s first successes in turning its animated classics into live-action blockbusters. Following the end of “Agent Carter,” Atwell has moved on to another high-profile TV show. She’s set to star in Starz and BBC’s “Howards End” miniseries, which is currently filming.

Listen Up Philip's Alex Ross Perry wrote the first draft of the script for Christopher Robin, which was later rewritten by Spotlight's Tom McCarthy and, most recently, Hidden Figures Oscar nominee Allison Schroeder. The Jungle Book's Brigham Taylor will produce, while World War Z's Marc Foster will direct. There is no word yet on when the movie will premiere.

Christopher Robin is yet another Disney animation classics to get a live action revamp. After Jungle Book nearly broke a billion worldwide last year, and Beauty and the Beast‘s success as one of the biggest movies of the year, we shouldn’t expect this model to change anytime soon.

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