Sunday, 30 October 2016

Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki join Peter Rabbit

It was recently announced that James Corden (Into The Woods) and Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class) had landed two of the lead roles in a planned live action CGI blended adaptation of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit for Sony Pictures. They now have some company in the shape of Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Man From U.N.C.L.E).

Will Gluck (Annie) is directing the film, which will see its animated creatures handled by Animal Logic, the company that provided the incredible animation for The Lego Movie (2014). The director also did a pass on the script, which has previously been written by Rob Lieber (Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day).

Corden is set as the voice of Peter, with Byrne playing a live action character named Bea. Ridley and Debicki's characters have not been announced, but they are listed as voice roles, so perhaps they are playing part of Peter's family. It also remains to be seen how the movie will extend the original tale, which focuses mostly on Peter stealing vegetables from the garden of Mr. McGregor.

The fresh casting news comes as the studio teams up with Frederick Warne & Co., Potter's longtime publisher to co-produce the movie. "I am delighted to be teaming up with Frederick Warne," says Gluck. "Their expertise and stewardship is absolutely critical to making a film that honours the legacy of Beatrix Potter."

Shooting will kick off in January and the movie should be out in April 2018. Ridley has worked on Rian Johnson's (Looper) Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will hit our screens on 15 December next year. Debicki will also be seen in space, as part of the cast for God Particle, due to arrive 24 February and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, landing 28 April.

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