Disney’s live-action Winnie the Pooh movie centering on Christopher Robin has found its leading man.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, actor Ewan McGregor, is currently in talks to portray a grown-up Christopher Robin, the kid from author A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories. Now an adult and a successful businessman completely focused on work, he’s lost all sense of imagination.
It sounds a bit like 1991's Hook, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan who also lost his youthful spirit as an adult but has to regain it to save his kids from his mortal enemy, Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). Probably a bit less with the pirates and murder, but still, same idea there.
The character of Christopher Robin was inspired by Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne, and appeared in two of Milne’s books: Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928) as well as several poems. Disney made several animated projects (movies and TV series) based on the books over the years, starting in 1966 with Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree right through 2011’s Winnie the Pooh.
The movie will be directed by Marc Forster (World War Z, Quantum of Solace) from a script penned by Alex Ross Perry and Tom McCarthy. Oscar-nominated Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures) has also been brought on board to take another pass at the screenplay. The Jungle Book’s Brigham Taylor will produce.
Do you think Ewan McGregor will be a perfect grown-up Christopher Robin?