(PCM) 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. GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN continues Jones’ long term relationship with Fox Searchlight and is part of his first look deal.
“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,” says Curtis.
David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield, Fox Searchlight Pictures Co-Heads of Production said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Damian Jones and Steve Christian again and can’t wait to see Simon Curtis’ unique vision come to life. In Domhnall and Margot we have the next generation of acting talent who we know will shine a beautiful light on A. A. Milne’s incredible and enduring story.”
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?