Peter Rabbit 2 release delayed due to coronavirus concerns – report

The release of family film Peter Rabbit 2 has reportedly been delayed until August due to the coronavirus outbreak.With cinemas in Italy and China, among others, closing in the hope of curbing the spread of the escalating virus, Sony bosses have report…

The release of family film Peter Rabbit 2 has reportedly been delayed until August due to the coronavirus outbreak.

With cinemas in Italy and China, among others, closing in the hope of curbing the spread of the escalating virus, Sony bosses have reportedly decided to put the release of the CGI/live-action film, the follow-up to 2018’s hugely successful Peter Rabbit, on ice for more than four months.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie, also known as Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, will no longer debut from 27 March as planned, and will instead receive an international and U.S. release on 7 August.

The move follows the delay to the release of the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, from the start of April until November.

Peter Rabbit 2 features James Corden as the voice of author Beatrix Potter’s mischievous bunny, with Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, and Elizabeth Debicki also voicing fellow rabbits, and Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, and David Oyelowo in live-action roles.

Some of the stars were scheduled to attend a premiere for the movie in London ahead of its release.

The decision comes after Italian officials announced that all its cinemas were to be closed, and other European governments advising people to take precautions to avoid the spread of the virus. Around 16 million people in Lombardy and 14 other provinces in Italy have been effectively placed in quarantine.

Insiders have told editors at The Hollywood Reporter that Sony officials wanted to delay the debut because Peter Rabbit made $236 million (£180 million) of its $351 million (£269 million) box office outside of North America, while the U.S. release has reportedly been shifted to avoid piracy.

Following the postponement of No Time to Die, the release of animated sequel Trolls World Tour was brought forward to 10 April.

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Domhnall Gleeson in final talks for DC/Vertigo’s The Kitchen

Domhnall Gleeson is in final negotiations to join the cast of upcoming crime drama The Kitchen.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Peter Rabbit star will play Gabriel O’Malley, an intense Vietnam veteran-turned-hitman, in the film, which will se…

Domhnall Gleeson is in final negotiations to join the cast of upcoming crime drama The Kitchen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Peter Rabbit star will play Gabriel O’Malley, an intense Vietnam veteran-turned-hitman, in the film, which will see him star alongside actresses Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish.

Based on the DC/Vertigo female-fronted crime comic book series, the New Line Cinema adaptation is set in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, in the 1970s and follows a trio of vicious wives who take over the criminal enterprise when their Irish mobster husbands are sent to jail.

Domhnall’s character had previously skipped town to avoid being caught by the police, but returns once he gets wind of the wives’ brutal regime.

The Kitchen will mark the directorial debut of Straight Outta Compton co-writer Andrea Berloff, who previously gushed that she is “beyond thrilled” to work on a film that is so “unapologetically female-driven.” Behind the scenes, she’ll be joined by producer Michael De Luca, who has received Academy Award nominations for his work on The Social Network, Moneyball and Captain Phillips.

In 2017, Irish actor Domhnall played the title character in Goodbye Christopher Robin, starred alongside Jennifer Lawrence in Mother!, and reprised his role as General Hux in Star Wars: The Last Jedi – a role he will once again take on when filming for Episode IX commences. This year he can also be seen in British supernatural horror The Little Stranger, which is due for release in August (18).

The Kitchen is currently hoping to start filming in May and is expected to hit cinemas on 20 September, 2019.

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Will Gluck: ‘Domhnall Gleeson threw himself into filming Peter Rabbit’

Domhnall Gleeson completely “threw himself into” his physically-demanding role in Peter Rabbit, according to director Will Gluck.The Star Wars actor plays Thomas McGregor, nemesis of Peter Rabbit and his siblings, in the new family movie, in which he, …

Domhnall Gleeson completely “threw himself into” his physically-demanding role in Peter Rabbit, according to director Will Gluck.

The Star Wars actor plays Thomas McGregor, nemesis of Peter Rabbit and his siblings, in the new family movie, in which he, Rose Byrne and Sam Neill star as the film’s few live-action characters.

Domhnall spent most of the film acting with characters that aren’t actually there during the shoot, as they were created with CGI in post-production, and it was a particularly difficult task as McGregor and the rabbits often fight and fall for traps set by the other, leaving him battered and bruised.

Director Will praised Domhnall for giving his all to the movie when speaking to WENN at the premiere.

“He’s such a physical actor that he just throws himself into the part, he really throws himself off buildings in this movie!” he said. “It was not an easy shoot for him, every time you see him do something, he actually did it.”

However, Domhnall, who injured his back, ribs and ankle during the shoot, thinks they are all worth it if the jokes work with the audience.

“I picked up a couple of bumps and bruises and the whole point was to make kids laugh so it all feels worth it,” he said to reporters.

The Easy A director explained that the 34-year-old used a variety of techniques to act alongside the ‘rabbit’, including holding little sticks, little balls and reacting to people throwing things at him, but often “he’s just acting against nothing, which is very hard”.

Domhnall also admitted it was very odd to be playing off someone that wasn’t there.

“There was a lot of looking at something that isn’t there which is really, really strange and the physical fights are bizarre to have with something that doesn’t exist,” he joked.

Peter Rabbit is in cinemas now.

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Domnhall Gleeson ‘feels bad’ over Peter Rabbit controversy

Domhnall Gleeson would “feel bad” if the Peter Rabbit movie caused offence to anyone.The Irish actor plays Thomas McGregor in the animated film, and in one scene, he is pelted with blackberries by Peter and his furry friends even though they know he’s …

Domhnall Gleeson would “feel bad” if the Peter Rabbit movie caused offence to anyone.

The Irish actor plays Thomas McGregor in the animated film, and in one scene, he is pelted with blackberries by Peter and his furry friends even though they know he’s allergic.

Accordingly, the sequence has been criticised by several food allergy groups, with Sony Pictures bosses issuing a formal apology, and Domhnall has now admitted that he empathises with concerned parents.

“It’s not really an argument I want any part of,” he told Stuff.co.nz. “If you were a parent of a kid (with allergies) I totally get that you would say, ‘I brought them to see what I thought was a family film, this thing has happened and it’s going to make them feel self-conscious.’ I would feel bad if it had that effect, which it clearly did on some people.”

However, the 34-year-old wondered whether this particular scene, which resulted in his character injecting himself with an EpiPen, was any worse than any of the other incidents in the movie.

“A lot of stuff happens to my character in that film. Getting electrocuted (as Mr. McGregor does in another scene) is also bad for you,” he considered.

Prior to Peter Rabbit, the 34-year-old was seen playing the villainous General Hux in Star Wars: The Last Jedi alongside British actress Daisy Ridley, who also voiced Cottontail in the Beatrix Potter adaptation.

And having played “the victim” in many roles before, Domhnall recently explained that he enjoyed having the chance to play a bad guy.

“My fascination with Hux was creating one of those characters a child would hate,” he told Empire magazine. “I definitely wanted a kid watching it to say, ‘I want that guy to get hurt!’ There’s a real joy to playing that out.”

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Daisy Ridley: ‘Peter Rabbit voice role was not so easy’

Daisy Ridley found it difficult voicing a character in Peter Rabbit when she had no idea what the film was going to look like.The Star Wars actress voices Cotton-Tail, the sister of the mischievous Peter Rabbit, in the new family movie which follows th…

Daisy Ridley found it difficult voicing a character in Peter Rabbit when she had no idea what the film was going to look like.

The Star Wars actress voices Cotton-Tail, the sister of the mischievous Peter Rabbit, in the new family movie which follows the animated rabbits going to war against Domhnall Gleeson’s live-action character Thomas McGregor over the vegetables in his garden.

While she admits Domhnall had the most physically demanding job, acting against characters that aren’t actually there, voicing the rabbit in a “lovely warm studio” was difficult to begin with because she couldn’t visualise her character or that world.

“It’s not so easy,” she said at the film’s London premiere. “Me and Elizabeth (Debicki) did a couple of sessions together but they’re like four hour sessions and it’s hard to imagine what it’s going to be, so it’s quite difficult figuring out how to do the right thing. It takes a bit of time but I think we got there. I’m thrilled with how it’s turned out.”

The British star admitted to WENN that it would take her a while to find the character again at the start of every recording session.

“It sort of takes like half an hour to get into it as you’re doing it, so I do like two pages of cues and I’ll be like, ‘Yeah I found it again’ and then we go back and do them all again,” she explained.

When asked if she had any rituals or vocal warm-ups to get herself in the zone, the 25-year-old jokingly replied, “I went and sat in hutch of bunnies and I was like, ‘Guys, how do I do this?'”

Cotton-Tail has an action-packed role in the film and Daisy convincingly made out of breath running noises and fruit-eating noises by running and eating fruit in the studio.

Peter Rabbit, which also features the voices of James Corden and Margot Robbie, is in cinemas now.

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James Corden defends Peter Rabbit after criticism

James Corden is certain Beatrix Potter’s estate granted approval for his movie Peter Rabbit due to its inclusive themes. The talk show host voices the animated Peter Rabbit in the new family movie, the first time Potter’s creation has been portrayed o…

James Corden is certain Beatrix Potter’s estate granted approval for his movie Peter Rabbit due to its inclusive themes.

The talk show host voices the animated Peter Rabbit in the new family movie, the first time Potter’s creation has been portrayed on the big screen. He believes the reason those who control the estate of the British author, who died in 1943, approved their film adaptation when they’ve turned down multiple offers before, is because of the narrative’s message of acceptance.

“I think the reason that the Beatrix Potter estate gave permission to this film over others is there’s so many vignettes in the film that come from lots and lots of the stories, but ultimately I think the film’s actually about, with all the big comic set pieces and pratfalls and all those things, what it’s actually about is acceptance,” he told Cover Media at the London premiere on Sunday (11Mar18).

“Lots of times you would think that someone’s differences to you mean that you can’t get on, you would build a wall and go, ‘Well this is mine, that’s yours and you don’t come in here.’ Actually, if you accept your differences, you’ll find a lot more similarities, whether that’s a relationship between a rabbit and person or a person and a person.”

His comments come shortly after Matthew Dennison, who wrote a biography of Beatrix Potter, told The Guardian that Potter would not have approved of her character’s portrayal as a “bully”, as he takes on Domhnall Gleeson’s Thomas McGregor in a territorial fight over the food in his vegetable patch.

The Irish actor told reporters the estate allowed their film to go ahead because they “thought the script was right and represented it properly” while director Will Gluck said he was determined to remain loyal to the spirit of the books with his film adaptation and believes the Peter Rabbit depicted onscreen is the one he grew up reading.

Peter Rabbit, which also features the voices of Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, and Elizabeth Debicki, hits U.K. cinemas on Friday.

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Physicality of Peter Rabbit role left Domhnall Gleeson battered and bruised

Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson was left nursing a string of self-inflicted injuries after having to pretend to be beaten up by animals on the set of Peter Rabbit. The Star Wars: The Last Jedi star portrays Mr. McGregor’s cold-hearted nephew, Thomas, in …

Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson was left nursing a string of self-inflicted injuries after having to pretend to be beaten up by animals on the set of Peter Rabbit.

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi star portrays Mr. McGregor’s cold-hearted nephew, Thomas, in the new film adaptation of the beloved Beatrix Potter children’s books, but acting out live-action scenes opposite invisible animated characters proved to be a little tougher than expected for Gleeson.

One sequence in particular, in which Thomas is thrown across the room and smacked in the face with broomsticks, had the 34-year-old hobbling in pain after overdoing the stunts on camera.

“I injured myself on like, the first day,” he said. “I sprained my ankle, and then I did my back and my ribs and stuff, so it just kept spreading up my body. It was like, ‘Please leave my head alone!’

“That stuff, the physical thing, I hadn’t really done before.”

Despite his concerns about pulling off the fight scene, director Will Gluck had nothing but praise for the star.

“It was all done (shot) in little bits but it had to feel like it wasn’t,” he told CartoonBrew.com. “And the only reason, in addition to the incredible visual effects job they did, that that thing works, in my opinion, is because of Domhnall Gleeson. It looks like he’s fighting a rabbit, and it’s all him, because it looks like he’s getting hit, it looks like he’s getting attacked, it looks like he’s grabbing someone, it looks like his chin is getting knocked out, and it’s a really hard thing to do and he did it amazingly.”

Gleeson wasn’t the only castmember having a few issues trying to adapt to working with scenes involving computer-generated imagery (CGI).

Rose Byrne, who portrays McGregor’s neighbour, Bea, added to breakfast show Today, “I’ve never done anything animated in that sense, so we were a lot of times acting against something that isn’t there, and that’s something I have a whole new respect for how challenging that is.”

Peter Rabbit also features the voices of Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, and Elizabeth Debicki, with comedian James Corden lending his vocals to the titular character.

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Peter Rabbit producers apologise over allergy bullying scene

Peter Rabbit producers have issued an apology after facing backlash over a scene involving a food allergy.The character of Tom McGregor (voiced by Domhnall Gleeson), who is the nephew of Peter’s enemy Mr. McGregor(Sam Neill), is allergic to blueberries…

Peter Rabbit producers have issued an apology after facing backlash over a scene involving a food allergy.

The character of Tom McGregor (voiced by Domhnall Gleeson), who is the nephew of Peter’s enemy Mr. McGregor(Sam Neill), is allergic to blueberries in the new film, and is ambushed by a group of rabbits who proceed to throw blueberries at him. The gang, who are aware of Tom’s allergy, even shoot one into his mouth, which results in Tom growing ill and shooting himself in the leg with an EpiPen.

Groups representing allergy sufferers have condemned the scene in the Beatrix Potter adaptation and a #boycottpeterrabbit hashtag was adopted by many Twitter users.

Sony Pictures has now responded to the criticism.

“We sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologise,” a statement released by the company reads, with representative’s adding that it was wrong for the filmmakers to include the sketch “even in a cartoonish, slapstick way”.

A petition was created by group Global Anaphylaxis Awareness and Inclusivity (Globalaai), a worldwide allergy and anaphylaxis movement, who called on Sony Pictures to be made accountable for the “socially irresponsible depiction” of food allergies which “mocks” the seriousness of the condition.

The petition has so far been signed by almost 10,000 people.

Additionally, charity Kids with Food Allergies Foundation criticised the movie by claiming that “food allergy ‘jokes’ are harmful to our community” in a post on the organisation’s Facebook account, while U.S. group Food Allergy Research & Education also posted a warning to members over the content of the film.

Peter Rabbit was released in U.S. cinemas on Friday (09Feb18) to mixed reviews. James Corden, Sia, and Margot Robbie also lend their vocal talents to the feature.

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