Casting News: Colin Firth Teaming Up with Julie Walters for ‘The Secret Garden’

The classic story of The Secret Garden is heading to the big screen once again, starring Colin Firth (Kingsman’s: The Secret Service) and Julie Walters (The Hollow Crown), reports Empire. 

Frances Hodgson Burnett‘s 1911 novel was first made into a film in 1949, starring Margaret O’Brien, Herbert Marshall and Dean Stockwell in the leads. There have been several adaptations since, with follow-ups in 1975, 1987 and 1993.

Surely, everyone has their favorite, but with Firth and Waters now attached, possibly there’s room for another adaptation, and, dare we say, a new favorite?

Most likely you know the story of The Secret Garden, but just to be safe, here’s a short summary: 10-year-old Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx) grew up in India, neglected by her parents. Following a cholera epidemic, killing everyone in the household except young Mary, she’s moved to Yorkshire, England, to live with her widowed uncle (Firth). She has a cousin (Edan Hayhurst) around her age, but for the most part, Mary continues to live an isolated life, until… she discovers a key.

A key that unlocks, yep, you guessed it, a garden.

Walters will take on the role of Mrs. Medlock, the head of the household staff in Mary’s new home.

Jack Thorne (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) is confirmed to write the script, which is still based in the U.K., but the time period will shift from turn of the 20th century to post-World War II 1947.

In case you missed it, here’s a trailer for each of the previous films (in chronological order):

Firth and Walters just finished filming Mary Poppins Returns (Rel: December 25) and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Rel: July 20), the sequel to the 2008 musical, which they also both co-starred in. Their version of The Secret Garden is in the early stages and has yet to receive a premiere date.

Is there room on your watch list for more Secret Garden?

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