Disney has been making their live action movie list grow at an ever-increasing rate, and now we can add Winnie the Pooh to that list officially. Disney has begun the casting for their live action Christopher Robin/ Winnie the Pooh movie, yet to be titled, and seems to have found some great names to add to the cast. This movie however will not be about the story of a young Christopher Robin in the 100 Acre Woods, but an adaptation that will be told from an adult version of Christopher Robin. It is reported that it will follow the theme of the 1991 film Hook, and tell the story of Christopher Robin losing his imagination due to adulthood responsibility and his boss prioritizing his work over his family. After Christopher, his wife Evelyn, and their daughter Madeline move away they discover how the 100 Acre Woods and the characters that live their, make their way back into his life.
The first name that we have learned is the title character of Christopher Robin. British actor and Star Wars alum Ewan McGregor has been cast in the title role. As stated earlier, the story will follow McGregor as Christopher Robin from a grownup perspective and his rediscovery of the 100 Acre Woods.
The second name that had been originally announced when the movie was first given the green light was Captain America and Agent Carter actress Hayley Atwell. She will co-star with actor Ewan McGregor in a yet to be announced role. My guess is that she will more than likely be playing McGregor’s wife, Evelyn in the movie.
As far as our friends in the 100 Acre Woods, we have gotten confirmation on at least 2, and possibly 3 actors who will be voicing characters. The first would be the most important character, Winnie the Pooh. It looks like longtime voice actor Jim Cummings will reprise his voice as Winnie the Pooh in the movie. Cummings has been the voice for Winnie the Pooh ever since he took over for the original voice actor Hal Smith in 1998.
The second character to have found their voice is the lovable and depressed donkey Eeyore. He will be voiced by Everybody Loves Raymond alum Brad Garrett. He is not new to the voiceover world as he has lent his voice to other Disney/ Pixar films such as Bloat in Finding Nemo and Dim in A Bug’s Life.
The potential third actor is for the role of the hilarious and bouncy feline Tigger, was Alan Tudyk. While his conformation hasn’t been confirmed, his interest in the role as well as Disney’s has begun heavy speculation for the actor. He is not shy to the voiceover role as he is known for many voice overs from Duke of Weselton in Frozen, King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph, to more recently K-2S0 in Star Wars: Rogue One.
Other casting has been announced as well. It was revealed that Sherlock actor Mark Gatiss will play the role of Keith, Christopher Robins’s boss, while Bronte Carmichael will play the role of Madeline, Christopher Robin’s daughter.
So what do you guys think? Personally I think the casting for this is beyond amazing. Each actor is perfect for their respective role. Does this casting get you excited for the Winnie the Pooh? There is no release date set so check back for future articles and let us know what you think in the comments below.