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Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy star in Elysian’s Enid-Blyton adaptation, ‘The Magic Faraway Tree.’

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The film is produced by Pippa Harri for Neal Street Productions with Danny Perkins and Jane Hooks of Elysian Film Group. Executive producers are Ashland Hill Media Finance’s Simon Williams, Joe Simpson and Jonathan Bross, and Palisade Park Pictures’ Tamara Birkemoe.

Ben Gregor is directing from a script by


and Paddington 2 writer Simon Farnaby. The Magic Faraway Tree is based on Blyton’s

The Faraway Tree

series of novels. The film follows a family forced to relocate in the English countryside where they discover an extraordinary magical tree with eccentric residents. Additional casting is underway. Garfield and Foy will play the parents, with additional casting underway.Ashland Hill Media Finance is fully financing the film, with Palisades Park Pictures handling worldwide sales and CAA Media Finance co-representing US rights.The film has been in development for several years, with Perkins, Harris and Brown working on it when the former was head of Studiocanal UK.Garfield and Foy were previously named Screen Stars of Tomorrow in 2007 and 2008 respectively. They starred together in Andy Serkis’ 2017 romance Breathe.Anthony Hopkins to play composer George Frideric Handel for Embankment Films

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