British actor-turned-US talk show superstar James Corden is set to voice one of the best-loved children’s book characters of all time.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Corden and Rose Byrne are in talks to head up the cast of a ‘Peter Rabbit’ movie, to be directed by Will Gluck (‘Easy A,’ the ‘Annie’ remake) for Sony.
It is said the film will be a “a modern interpretation centering on the rivalry between mischievous young hopper Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor, a senior trying to keep a rabbit-free garden.”
Rob Lieber (‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’) has written the screenplay, which Glick will reportedly do rewrites on.
The film will also be a combination of live-action and CG animation. All in all, it doesn’t sound too far removed from last year’s ‘Paddington.’ Not a bad idea, so long as the American filmmakers can get that distinctly British tone right – which is by no means a sure thing.
Corden will voice the title character, but there is no indication of who Byrne (who previously worked with Glick on ‘Annie’) will portray, although reportedly her role will be a live-action character.
Beatrix Potter’s characters have enjoyed renewed popularity among younger viewers off the back of recent Nickelodeon cartoon series ‘Peter Rabbit’, shown on CBeebies in the UK.
Corden’s no stranger to voicing children’s characters either, having narrated CBeebies animation ‘Little Charlie Bear.’
No production or release dates for ‘Peter Rabbit’ have been announced yet.
Picture Credit: WENN, Nickelodeon