Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Domhnall Gleeson and Suicide Squad‘s Margot Robbie have been confirmed to star in Goodbye Christopher Robin based on the true story of Winnie the Pooh creator A. A. Milne’s and his son, Christopher. Gleeson will play author Milne and Robbie will play Christopher’s mother, Daphne. Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn, Woman in Gold) is on board to direct from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions, Code 46) and Simon Vaughan.
The film is set up at Fox Searchlight Pictures and will be produced by Damian Jones and Steve Christian.
“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,” stated director Curtis.
“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,” added David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield, Fox Searchlight Pictures Co-Heads of Production.
The Plot: Goodbye Christopher Robin gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (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?