Colin Firth and Julie Walters will star in the David Heyman-produced adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's novel, The Secret Garden, Variety reported, adding that the movie "reunites Heyday Films and Studiocanal, which developed and financed the project, after their collaboration on the Paddington movies."
Marc Munden directs from Jack Thorne's screenplay, which has moved the book's period setting into "the Edwardian era to 1947, on the eve of Partition in India, and in the aftermath of World War II." The cast also includes Dixie Egerickx, Edan Hayhurst, Amir Wilson and Isis Davis.
"This is a fantastical reimagining of The Secret Garden: I can't wait to explore it," Munden said. "It's an opportunity to immerse ourselves in an uncanny and wondrous world, which will play to the imaginations of adults and children alike."
Heyman added: "I'm excited that our director, Marc Munden, will be bringing his distinct imaginative vision to this enduring childhood story. And I could not be more thrilled that Colin Firth and Julie Walters have joined the journey, alongside a remarkable new trio of young actors."