Hugh Bonneville to play Roald Dahl in biopic

Hugh Bonneville to play Roald Dahl in biopic

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville has signed up to play Roald Dahl in a new biopic about the best-selling children’s author.

The movie will focus on the Charlie And The Chocolate Factory writer’s marriage to Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal and the period in which he struggled to pen some of his most famous works.

Set in the early 1960s, it will move between New York, England and Los Angeles.

Hugh Bonneville
Hugh will also appear as Merlin in the new Thomas & Friends film (Photo: HIT Entertainment/Mattel PR)

Producer Elliot Jenkins said he could not “imagine anyone better than Hugh Bonneville” to bring on-screen “the ambivalent nature of Roald Dahl’s life”, Variety reports.

“He was such a man of wounded parts below his polished veneer of self-confidence,” he said.

The actress playing Hud star Neal is yet to be announced.

Hugh Bonneville
Hugh will also appear as Merlin in the new Thomas & Friends film (Photo: HIT Entertainment/Mattel PR)

The as-yet-untitled film will track the “personal triumphs and tragedies behind the marriage of two globally known superstars”.

James And The Giant Peach and The BFG author Dahl married Breakfast At Tiffany’s actress Neal in 1953, but the couple divorced in 1983.

The casting came as Hugh was also announced as the voice of Merlin in the new Thomas & Friends film Journey Beyond Sodor.

The actor said: “To play an engine in one of Thomas’s adventures is a big thrill for a little boy in a grown-up body.

“At their heart, these are tales of friendship, adventure and lessons learned from mistakes made, all while trying to keep on the railway tracks.”

More in this Section

Will Smith and Helen Mirren urge public to join sleep-out to end homelessnessWill Smith and Helen Mirren urge public to join sleep-out to end homelessness

Stomptown Brass release new animated music video ahead of Cork Jazz FestivalStomptown Brass release new animated music video ahead of Cork Jazz Festival

EastEnders star Katie Jarvis ‘overwhelmed’ at support over job revelationEastEnders star Katie Jarvis ‘overwhelmed’ at support over job revelation

Snoop Dogg to promote Israeli pot-growing machineSnoop Dogg to promote Israeli pot-growing machine


Lifestyle

Steak night just got zingy.How to make Antoni Porowski’s hanger steak with charred limes, fresh chillies and herbs

Seasonal affective disorder is a lot more complex than just mourning the end of summer and being a bit glum. Liz Connor finds out more.Could your winter blues be something more serious? What to do if you’re worried about SAD

Ideal for a quick mid-week meal, eaten in front of Netflix, of course.How to make Antoni Porowski’s cauliflower steaks with turmeric and crunchy almonds

Lacemakers in Limerick want to preserve their unique craft for future generations and hope to gain UNESCO heritage status, writes Ellie O’Byrne.Made in Munster: Lace-making a labour of love rather than laborious industry

More From The Irish Examiner