Hugh Bonneville has made a name for himself over the past few years as the upper-class Englishman, Lord Grantham from the hit ITV period drama, Downton Abbey (which, of course, we all love). But it seems the actor has now been pipped to play the the talented Welshman, Roald Dahl (who, of course, we all equally love).
Roald Dahl is known worldwide as one of the most talented children’s writers and brought us some of our favorite books – like James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG. Now, the writer will be memorialized in an upcoming biopic, with Bonneville as the lead.
The new film is set to be a bittersweet true-life comedy set in the ‘60s, following the life of Roald Dahl, his marriage to the actress, Patricia Neal, and their family. The currently untitled movie will be based upon a biography of Patricia Neal, written by Stephen Michael Shearer – and is said to be a similar tone and style to the 2013 hit, Saving Mr. Banks.
Goldcrest Film have confirmed that they will be financing the new biopic, and have said that;
This film tracks the personal triumphs and tragedies behind the marriage of two globally known superstars. The script is an audience-pleasing portrayal of Roald and Patricia. A touching love story backgrounded by the cinematic sweep of the swinging sixties.
And we can’t think of anyone better to portray this legend than another legend!