First Look: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie in Fox Searchlight's A. A. Milne Biopic

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Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie in the untitled upcoming A. A. Milne biopic

Principal photography has begun on the untitled project about the much-loved author of the 'Winnie-the-Pooh' books.

A film about the man behind Winnie-the-Pooh is gathering steam.

Fox Searchlight's as-yet-untitled A. A. Milne biopic has begin principal photography in the U.K., with a host of casting additions joining leads Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald. Additional names include Stephen Campbell Moore, Alex Lawther, Richard McCabe, Nico Mirallegro, Geraldine Somerville and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Will Tilston will play the young Christopher Robin.

Simon Curtis (Woman in Gold, My Week With Marilyn) is directing from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce (The Railway Man), based on a script by Simon Vaughan (War & Peace). Vaughan also serves as executive producer.

In a first-look image revealed Thursday, Gleeson is seen as the beloved author Milne — who would take inspiration from his son's toys to create Winnie-the-Pooh — alongside his wife and Robin's mother, Daphne, played by Robbie. The film will focus on the family members as they are swept up in the international success of the books, which bring hope and comfort to England in the wake of WWI.

Damian Jones, who was behind U.K. hits Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, The Lady in the Van and Dad's Army, is producing alongside Steve Christian (Belle).

Said Jones, “I'm thrilled to finally see this fascinating story be realized with such an array of fresh and exciting talent in front of and behind the camera, as well as continuing my ongoing collaboration with Fox Searchlight.”

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