Ewan McGregor is in talks to star in Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” TheWrap has learned.
Disney’s live-action film, which will be directed by “World War Z” and “Quantum of Solace” director Marc Forster, centers on the child from the A. A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh” stories — but he’s all grown up.
“Hidden Figures” screenwriter Allison Schroeder is writing the script. Alex Ross Perry previously wrote the script, with Tom McCarthy working on a later revision.
McGregor will play the adult “Christopher Robin,” who toils as a businessman and prioritizes work above his wife and daughter. Having lost his sense of wonder, he must find it again with the help of a silly old bear.
“The Jungle Book” producer Brigham Taylor is producing the live-action film.
McGregor was most recently seen in Danny Boyle’s “T2 Trainspotting” and Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson. McGregor stars in the third season of FX’s hit “Fargo,” which premiered April 19, playing twins Emmit and Ray Stussy. He’s also attached to Drake Doremus’ next film “Zoe,” with Lea Seydoux.
“Christopher Robin” comes as Disney’s latest live-action project reimagining a popular animated film or franchise. Previous and upcoming examples include “Maleficent,” “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Mulan,” and “Aladdin.”
McGregor’s repped by UTA, United Agents in the UK and Sloane Offer.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.