Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that principal photography on the Untitled A.A. Milne Project has begun shooting on location in Oxfordshire, Surrey, East Sussex and London.  The film is directed by Simon Curtis from a script written by Frank Cottrell Boyce based on a screenplay by Simon Vaughan.  The film stars Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald and Will Tilston as young Christopher Robin. 

Additional cast includes Stephen Campbell Moore, Alex Lawther, Richard McCabe, Nico Mirallegro, Geraldine Somerville and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.  Damian Jones produces with Steve Christian nd Vaughan serves as executive producer. Says producer Damian 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."

Christian adds.

"It's such a joy to be able to share the long held passion that I've felt for this story and to see it all come together with a team that I could never have dreamt possible."

The Untitled A.A. Milne film gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh.  Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Joining Curtis on the film are director of photography Ben Smithard, who collaborated with him on My Week with Marilyn and "Cranford"; BAFTA-winning production designer David Roger; BAFTA-winning costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux; BAFTA-winning hair and make-up designer Sian Grigg and editor Victoria Boydell.

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The film will be overseen by Co-Heads of Production David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield and VP of Production Katie Goodson-Thomas. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures.  It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and the films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox.  Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 21st Century Fox.

B. Alan Orange