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Domhnall Gleeson is being backed for Winnie The Pooh Oscar... before filming begins

The actor is set to play the character’s creator AA Milne in film Goodbye Christopher Robin.

Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson
Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson
Image: Yui Mok/PA Wire

BIG THINGS ARE being predicted for Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson’s next film.

The actor, who played General Hux in last year’s blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set to take the lead role in an upcoming feature about Winnie the Pooh creator AA Milne.

This seems to have gotten some people pretty excited, and the newest edition of US publication Vanity Fair is going so far as to back the thespian for Oscar glory.

In the article headlined ‘Awards Season Darling Domhnall Gleeson to get a Real Shot at Oscar’, it is noted that the actor was last year in three films (Brooklyn, The Revenant and Star Wars) that received 19 nominations between them.

The article also reflects on the fact that biopics tend to play well with the Academy, with the project expected to be in a similar vein to 2005 film Finding Neverland, which focused on the life of Peter Pan creator JM Barrie and earned Johnny Depp an Oscar nomination.

While all this is very positive, there is an element of counting chickens about it.

Filming on the project isn’t due to start until later this year, and won’t be released until the end of next year – meaning that Gleeson won’t be receiving this hypothetical Oscar until 2018.

The film will also star Margot Robbie as Daphne Milne, AA Milne’s wife, and will focus on the strain placed on his relationship with his son, the real-life Christopher Robin.

Winnie-The-Pooh And The Royal Birthday Source: Disney/PA Wire

Milne took the inspiration to write the Pooh books from his son’s toys. 

According to BBC, literary fame put great strain on the family, as young Christopher Robin was pushed to respond to fan letters addressed to the fictional Christopher Robin and perform the voice part when audio recordings were made of the books.

Read: Mark Hamill wished Domhnall Gleeson a happy birthday on Twitter… on the wrong day

Also: The Star Wars crew just started building a Millennium Falcon in Donegal

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