Magazine article Screen International

Hugh Bonneville to Star as Roald Dahl in Biopic

Magazine article Screen International

Hugh Bonneville to Star as Roald Dahl in Biopic

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Hugh Bonneville will play Roald Dahl in a new film exploring the novelist's marriage to Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal.

London-based outfit Goldcrest Films are financing and will introduce the project to the market at Cannes.

Set at the beginning of the 1960s, the film explores Dahl's struggles to write some of his most famous works and Neal's return to acting with Hud (for which she won an Oscar).

An acclaimed British children's author, Dahl's works included James And The Giant Peach, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Matilda.

John Hay will direct from his own screenplay which he co-wrote with David Logan. The pair previously collaborated on the Emmy-winning TV drama Lost Christmas.

Currently untitled, their new project is based on Stephen Michael Shearer's novel An Unquiet Life. …

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