Peter rabbit

Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit is about to become a blockbuster movie

The mischievous bunny and his famous blue jacket are coming to the big screen.

By Amy Lewis, 27 September 2016
Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit is about to become a blockbuster movie

Get excited Beatrix Potter fans, Hollywood has once again turned its attentions to Beatrix Potter’s beautifully illustrated catalogue, with plans in motion to produce a brand new Peter Rabbit film.

British actor and TV host James Cordon is already on board to voice the blue jacketed rabbit.

Arguably her most famous book of all, Potter’s The Tale Of Peter Rabbit featured heavily in the 2006 Miss Potter film, starring Renee Zellwegger.

But thanks to his unwavering popularity among children and adults alike, the mischievous bunny is now set to hit the silver screen in his own right.

Produced by the Australian studio which brought us The Lego Movie, Babe and Happy Feet, it’s reported that the film will be a live-action/animation hybrid, with British actor and TV host James Cordon already on board to voice the blue jacketed rabbit.

Bridesmaids actress Rose Byrne has also been confirmed to star in the 2018 production, playing a live-action character called Bea, who many suspect to be based on Beatrix Potter herself.

Excitingly, Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley and The Night Manager’s Elizabeth Debicki are said to be lending their voices to the movie too, potentially as two of Peter’s three sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail.

If the film does well, which we’re sure it will, studio chief executive, Zareh Nalbandian, has even suggested that the Peter Rabbit film could be just the start of an epic Beatrix Potter franchise.

“There are so many great characters in Beatrix Potter's books that we'll just be scratching the surface for what we can do,” he tells The Sydney Morning Herald. “It's a big film that will be more than a two-year endeavour for us from go to whoa.”

Initially written by Beatrix Potter in 1893 for five-year-old Noel Moore, the son of her former governess, The Tale Of Peter Rabbit was eventually published in 1902 and became a sell-out.

It has since been translated into 36 languages, and with over 45 million copies sold so far, has deservedly become one of the best-selling books of all time.

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