Amir Wilson will star alongside Colin Firth and Julie Walters in the latest film adaptation of The Secret Garden for Heyday Films and StudioCanal.
The BAFTA-winning Marc Munden ( Utopia, National Treasure ) will direct, with a script by prolific writer Jack Thorne ( Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ).
Based on the classic 1911 children’s book by Frances Hodgen Burnett, the storyline has been tweaked for this adaptation, reset in a sightly later period from the Edwardian era to 1947.
It follows Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx), a prickly and unloved 10-year-old girl, born in India to wealthy parents, is sent to England to live with her uncle Archibald Craven (Firth) on his remote country estate, she begins to uncover several family secrets, particularly when she meets her sickly cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst). These two damaged, slightly misfit children begin to heal each other, partly through their exposure to a wondrous secret garden, lost in the grounds of the manor. Walters leads with role of the head housekeeper and Amir Wilson stars as Dickon – a kind, good natured boy who befriends Mary after sharing his knowledge of wildlife.
The multi-award winning Heyman (Harry Potter, Gravity, Fantastic Beasts, Paddington 1 and 2) and Rosie Alison (Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Testament of Youth, Paddington 1 and 2) will produce, with Jane Robertson (The Danish Girl, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Breathe) co-produces. Didier Lupfer, Danny Perkins and Dan MacRae executive produce for StudioCanal.
The Secret Garden will start worldwide sales at next month’s March du Film in Cannes.
Amir will star as Dickon in The Secret Garden alongside Colin Firth and Julie Walters.
Other film credits include The Kid Who Would Be King for Working Title, set for worldwide cinema release in 2019.
Amir played Nigel in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 at The Menier Chocolate Factory, and prior to this, Young Simba in the hit Disney musical The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre).About Sainou
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