Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”) is reportedly in talks to star in “Banking on Mr. Toad” a combination live-action and CG-animated film about “Wind in the Willows” author Kenneth Grahame. Having been in the works for years, filming finally begins next Spring at Pinewood Studios in the UK.
Toby Kebbell (“Fantastic Four,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) is attached to play Grahame while Headey would play his wife Elsie. Acting legend Brian Blessed is also on board as Grahame’s friend and confidante Frederick James Furnivall.
In the film, Grahame, Elsie, and their young son Alastair who struggled with health problems which could not be properly treated at the time. The success of “Wind in the Willows” helped ease their burden.
The title alludes to the fact that Grahame was secretary of the Bank of England in 1908 when he penned his famous novel.
Financing comes from a new European production fund set up by Timothy Haas who will produce the movie. Mexican director Luis Mandoki will direct from a screenplay written by Haas. Adrien Brody, who was attached to an earlier incarnation of the film, will produce.