Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie begin filming A.A. Milne biopic for Fox Searchlight

Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that an as-yet untitled biopic of children’s author A.A. Milne has begun filming on location in England. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as Milne and Margot Robbie as his wife Daphne.

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Simon Curtis is at the helm as director. His previous films include two other big-screen biopics: “My Week with Marilyn” (2011), which earned Michelle Williams a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role as Marilyn Monroe, and “Woman in Gold” (2015), for which Helen Mirren was nominated for a SAG Award for Best Actress as a Jewish woman fighting to recover art stolen from her family by the Nazis.

Says producer Damian Jones in a statement, “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.” Adds fellow producer Steve Christian, “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.”

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Does this film have the potential to be an Oscar contender? Curtis and his lead actors have yet to be nominated by the academy, but they’ve all been on the academy radar before. Gleeson appeared in two Best Picture nominees in 2015, “The Revenant” and “Brooklyn,” while Robbie had a career breakthrough as Leonardo DiCaprio‘s wife in the 2013 Best Picture nominee “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

And the Oscars love true stories of artists. That includes biopics about writers: Virginia Woolf (“The Hours,” 2002), J.M. Barrie (“Finding Neverland,” 2004) and Truman Capote (“Capote,” 2005) were the subjects of Best Picture-nominated films in recent years.

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