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Live action Peter Rabbit film on the way from Sony

Sony’s Columbia Pictures is developing a live-action adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit.

The firm has teamed up with Frederick Warne & Co, part of Penguin Random House UK for the upcoming movie, which will be directed by Will Gluck and made at Animal Logic.

“We at Penguin Random House UK are delighted to be working with Columbia Pictures," said Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK.

"As custodians of Beatrix Potter’s brand and legacy, we are excited about the opportunity this production will bring to engage a whole new audience with the world of Beatrix Potter and one of her best-loved characters, the mischievous Peter Rabbit."

Comedian James Corden has been set to voice Peter Rabbit, while Rose Byrne will play the female lead role of Bea. Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have also joined the voice cast for the film.

Will Gluck added: "I am delighted to be teaming up with Frederick Warne. Their expertise and stewardship is absolutely critical to making a film that honours the legacy of Beatrix Potter."

Production for the film is set to beginning January 2017, and the film is slated for release in April 2018.

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