“Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey is in talks over a starring role in “Banking on Mr. Toad,” a live-action and CGI movie about the life of “Wind in the Willows” author Kenneth Grahame.
Toby Kebbell (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) is attached to the film, which has been years in the making and will finally enter into production next spring, shooting at Pinewood. Kebbell will play Grahame and Headey, if she signs on, his wife Elsie. Brian Blessed (“Star Wars Episode I”) is also on board and will play Grahame’s friend and confidante Frederick James Furnivall.
In an earlier incarnation it was financed and set to shoot in Ireland, but the country’s banking crisis scuppered the production. Financing will now come from a new European production fund set up by Timothy Haas, who will produce the movie through his Haas Silver Levene banner.
“Banking on Mr. Toad” follows Grahame, Elsie, and their young son Alastair, who struggled with health problems, many of which could not be properly treated at the time. The family’s troubles are eased by the “Wind in the Willows” and its success. The “banking” part of the titles alludes to the fact that Grahame was secretary of the Bank of England in 1908 when he penned his famous novel.
The film will be a mix of live-action and CGI, the latter used to bring some of Grahame’s characters to life.
Adrien Brody was attached to star in “Banking on Mr. Toad” in an earlier configuration, but Kebbell will now fill his shoes. Brody will have a producer credit on the movie.
Mexican director Luis Mandoki is attached and will direct from a screenplay written by Haas. Josephine Rose (“Slaughterhouse Rulez”) and Miles Ketley (“Moon”) are among the executive producers.