A Bunch of Animals Throw a Party in Domhnall Gleeson’s House in First ‘Peter Rabbit’ Trailer
Poor Domhnall Gleeson. The Irish actor has made himself a fine career full of interesting work. From his tense roles in The Revenant and Ex Machina to his quieter heart-tugging turn in Brooklyn, his lovable Bill Weasley to his terrifying Nazi-esque General Hux (and let’s not forget his blisteringly violent cameo in mother!); Gleeson is the type of actor who gets me excited for a project just by his addition to the cast alone. But small parts in mega franchises like Harry Potter and Star Wars, seemingly, don’t always pay the bills, so Gleeson’s latest role consists of him screaming at 3D anthropomorphic pigs.
Peter Rabbit is the latest animated feature from Sony Pictures Animation, the studio that brought you widely acclaimed classic The Emoji Movie. The live-action/animation adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s character finds the pantless talking rabbit voiced by James Corden. Yahoo debuted the first trailer today, which, to anyone even remotely familiar with the children’s books and the BBC series from the ‘90s, is a bit of an insult to Potter’s creation.
The titular rabbit is a sneaky and mischievous little fella, but the new film, from Easy A director Will Gluck, has none of the sweetness or class of Potter’s character. Instead, we get Corden’s Peter, a loud and brash rabbit, throwing a wild animal party in the home of his human foe, Gleeson’s Mr. McGregor. When Mr. McGregor returns to his trashed home, he finds a pig in a – yep, you guessed it – blanket screaming at him. Sigh. Here’s the full synopsis if you must know more:
Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.
Peter Rabbit hits theaters on February 9, but if you’re nostalgic for Potter’s watercolor world you’re in luck; BBC’s The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends is on YouTube.