Jack Whitehall, 'Big Little Lies' Actress to Star in 'Clifford, the Big Red Dog' Adaptation (Exclusive)

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Walt Becker is directing the project, which is set to begin shooting next month in New York.

Darby Camp, the rising star who plays Reese Witherspoon’s daughter on HBO's Big Little Lies, and British comedian Jack Whitehall are going to the dogs.

The pint-size actress, who is also one of the stars of AMC’s upcoming horror show N0S4A2, has nabbed the leading role in Clifford, the Big Red Dog, Paramount’s adaptation of the classic kids-book series. Whitehall, meanwhile, has snagged the leading adult role.

Walt Becker is directing the project, which is set to begin shooting next month in New York and is being produced by Jordan Kerner and Scholastic Entertainment’s Iole Lucchese.

The books, by Norman Bridwell, follow the misadventures of a giant red dog and his owner, a girl named Emily Elizabeth. The movie will see Emily (Camp), who is struggling to fit in at home and at school, discover a small red puppy who is destined to become her best friend. When Clifford magically undergoes one heck of a growth spurt, becomes a gigantic dog and attracts the attention of a genetics company, Emily and her Uncle Casey (Whitehall) have to fight the forces of greed as they go on the run across New York City. Along the way, Clifford affects the lives of everyone around him and teaches Emily and her uncle the true meaning of acceptance and unconditional love. 

The script was written by the writing teams of Jay Scherick and David Ronn and Annie Mumolo and Stan Chervin.

Camp recently appeared alongside Kurt Russell in the Netflix holiday hit The Christmas Chronicles. She will again work with Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman when she reprises her role of Chloe MacKenzie when season two of Big Little Lies premieres June 9. NOS4A2, in which she stars opposite Zachary Quinto, is set to premiere Sunday night.

Whitehall made a name for himself as a stand-up comedian and by starring in two British comedies, Fresh Meat and Bad Education. On this side of the pond, the actor appeared in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and will be seen with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in Jungle Cruise, which Disney has slated to open in July 2020.

Darby is repped by Paradigm and Alex Kohner of Morris Yorn. Whitehall is repped by CAA and United Agents.