Ewan McGregor to Star in Disney’s Christopher Robin
April 26, 2017 By Justin Kroll
Ewan McGregor is in talks to star in Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” sources confirmed to Variety.
“World War Z” director Marc Forster is helming.
In line with Disney’s model of taking animated classics from its archives and giving them a live-action spin, the story follows Robin, the little boy from the “Winnie the Pooh” series, who is now all-grown-up and lost all sense of imagination. Pooh and his friends reenter Robin’s life to help him gain that back.
Brigham Taylor is producing the project.
“Hidden Figures” scribe Allison Schroeder is penning the script.
This is the second feature revolving around the world of “Winnie the Pooh,” with Fox Searchlight’s “Goodbye Christopher Robin” focusing on the real-life story of “Winnie the Pooh’s” author A.A. Milne.
McGregor has had a bit of a resurgence in the past year that started with his directorial debut, “American Pastoral.” He was most recently seen as Lumière in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” as well as “T2 Trainspotting.”
He can currently be seen in the third season of FX’s “Fargo.” He is repped by UTA and United Agents.
Disney has treated “Beauty and the Beast” fans to some new footage from the upcoming live-action remake starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.
In a 30-second TV spot called “Charm Her,” the Beasts cute companions Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) and Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) give Stevens character advice on how to woo Belle.
“You must charm her — be gentle, kind, sweet,” the characters tell him. “Come on then, show me that smile!”
Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle).
Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.
Director Danny Boyle reunites the original cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle
Ewan McGregor Tapped For Humanitarian Honor At BAFTA LAs Britannia Awards
September 13, 2016 By Nancy Tartaglione
Ewan McGregor has been set as the recipient of the Humanitarian Award at this years British Academy Britannia Awards which are organized by BAFTA Los Angeles. McGregor, whose feature directing debut American Pastoral just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is being given the Humanitarian Award in recognition of his work with UNICEF.
The actor-director recently traveled to northern Iraq to see how the conflicts sweeping across the area are affecting childrens lives. He “is using his platform to bring awareness” to the horrors facing the children, says BAFTA LA. The org noted he has worked with UNICEF to help provide life-saving food and water, protection services, and healthcare to families in need.
“Ewan McGregor is not only a multi-talented individual, but has led by example in showing that even one person can make a huge difference in the life of a child,” said Kieran Breen, Chairman of BAFTA LA. “Given his most recent work in Iraq, and ongoing commitment to the fight against the horrific conditions in which children there are living, he is most deserving of this honor. We are thrilled to be able to recognize his work and shed light on the initiatives about which he is most passionate.”
McGregor broke out in Danny Boyles 1996 cult hit Trainspotting and recently reprised his role as Renton in Boyles Trainspotting 2 alongside Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle. Sony releases February 3 next year. The following month, Disney releases the live-action Beauty And The Beast in which McGregor plays Lumière. Among his long list of feature credits are The Pillow Book, Velvet Goldmine, Young Adam, Big Fish, I Love You Philip Morris, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen and Moulin Rouge (scoring Golden Globe nominations for the latter two films). He also donned Jedi robes to play the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
Hes currently in political thriller Our Kind Of Traitor and soon begins production on FXs Fargo. Hell play brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy in the Season 3 anthology which is set to air in 2017.
McGregors American Pastoral is based on Philip Roths Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. He stars opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning with Lionsgate releasing October 21.
Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth, Mark Ruffalo and Orlando Bloom are previous Humanitarian Award recipients. Other 2016 Britannia Awards honorees in various categories include Ang Lee, Samuel L Jackson and Ricky Gervais.
The awards evening is BAFTAs big night out in Hollywood which honors individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., UK and beyond. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles ongoing education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects. This years ceremony takes place October 28 at the Beverly Hilton and will be hosted by Jack Whitehall.
In a 20-year career Ewan McGregor has established himself as one of cinemas most versatile actors, as at home in independent film as he is in big budget studio fare. His star-making turn in Dennis Potters series Lipstick on Your Collar in the early 90s led to celebrated performances in Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, and Moulin Rouge as well as blockbuster success in the Star Wars prequels. For his feature directorial debut, McGregor tasked himself with not just directing an adaptation of Philip Roths Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral, but taking on the lead role too. McGregor discusses this ambitious debut, his career and his goals as a director.