Banking on Mr. Toad

With Game of Thrones approaching its final season, its stars are soon going to be moving on to other projects. But here’s a follow-up I don’t think any of us foresaw: actress Lena Headey, who plays the fierce and cunning Cersei Lannister in the HBO fantasy series, is in talks to star in a film called Banking on Mr. Toad, which will blend live-action and CGI to tell the story of Kenneth Grahame, the author of the successful children’s novel Wind in the Willows.
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Back in June, it was announced that Peter Jackson’s WETA (Lord of the Rings, District 9) was developing a live-action and animatronics adaptation of Kenneth Grahame‘s classic book The Wind in the Willows. The story follows four anthropomorphized characters in a classic pastoral English countryside, an yes, it has been adapted to the screen many times before. But this time around they are using WETA to provide a suite of animatronic effects to bring the animal characters to life.

WETA’s Richard Taylor is overseeing the effects. Taylor should be familiar to many as the man behind a lot of the effects in The Lord of the Rings, as well as many other films. Directed by Ray Griggs and written by Bill Marsili (Lightspeed), the $30m production is scheduled to shoot this fall. But there is already some concept art and a promo teaser trailer online. Hit the jump!
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