Disney's live-action magic is alive and well, and one of their current projects takes place in the universe of Winnie The Pooh. The film will focus on the role of Christopher Robin, a role that has now been cast with a fan favorite.
That fan favorite is Star Wars and Beauty and the Beast actor Ewan McGregor, who will take the lead role for the film (via THR). The pitch is that Christopher Robin has grown up, leaving the 100-acre wood behind in the past. Nowadays he's only focused on getting ahead in the business world, but it seems a reunion is in the making. The project will be helmed by director Marc Forster (World War Z, Quantum Of Solace), and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures) has been brought in for a new draft of the script. Schroeder recently wrote the script for the hit film Hidden Figures.
Alex Ross Perry wrote the screenplay for Christopher Robin, which Tom McCarthy also working on a draft. Disney has also brought in another alum from their live-action successes The Jungle Book, producer Brigham Taylor.
No word on a release date or how the Winnie The Pooh characters will be worked into the plot, but McGregor's casting signifies fans might no more soon.
Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belles eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston's long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Beauty and the Beast is in theaters now, while Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge lands on May 26, 2017. Cars 3 is next up, racing into theaters on July 14, 2017, with Pixar's Coco hitting on November 22nd, 2017. Disney's live action Cruella currently has no release date, and neither does Maleficent 2, The Jungle Book sequel, or the live-action Aladdin. Toy Story 4 hits on July 13, 2018, and the live-action Mulan is scheduled for November 2nd, 2018. Mary Poppins Returns lands shortly thereafter on December 25, 2018.