Daisy Ridley has been busy since starring in Star Wars: Episode VII. She’s been attached to Lionsgate’s YA Adapation of Chaos Walking. She is also teaming up with J.J. Abrams again for Paramount’s Kolma. On top of all of this, she will be in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII. With such a busy schedule, you would think that she’d take a little breather in between films.
However, as we’ve discovered in a Variety exclusive, Daisy Ridley is going to be even more busy. She has been cast in an undisclosed role in Sony’s live-action animated hybrid film Peter Rabbit. The film will star Rose Byrne and James Corden as Bea and Peter Rabbit respectfully. Elizabeth Debicki will be joining the cast as well in an undisclosed role.
Sony Pictures Entertainment will be dealing with the distribution and merchandising behind the film. Animal Logic, the studio behind the world renowned The Lego Movie, will be the center location for animation and production for the film. The film will be directed by Will Gluck. The screenplay was written by Rob Lieber and Gluck has helped revise the script.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter has been adapted quite a few times. The most recent incarnation of the infamous rabbit was seen in a CGI TV series run on Nickelodeon and CBeebies in 2012. Columbia and Frederick Warne are will be able to bring their property to a new audience. Given that Warne has been the home to the Beatrix Potter brands since The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published, this revival of interest is good new for them and the Penguin Random House company:
“We at Penguin Random House UK are delighted to be working with Columbia Pictures,” said Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK. “As custodians of Beatrix Potter’s brand and legacy, we are excited about the opportunity this production will bring to engage a whole new audience with the world of Beatrix Potter and one of her best-loved characters, the mischievous Peter Rabbit.”
Production of the Peter Rabbit film will start in January of 2017. The tentative time for the film’s release in theaters would be in August 2018. This is subject to change depending on re-shoots and where the direction goes with the animation.
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