The Magic Faraway Tree | Nicola Coughlan and Sir Lenny Henry join cast

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Simon Farnaby’s upcoming Magic Faraway Tree cast continues to grow – and it sounds like there’s a sale on at the national treasure store…

The Magic Faraway Tree adaptation is gearing up to production with a whole bunch of cast announcements for the story’s more magical (and, presumably, faraway) inhabitants.

Simon Farnaby (him what co-wrote Paddington 2 and Wonka) has written the script for the film, which follows Polly and Tim Thompson and their children, Beth, Joe and Fran, who find themselves forced to relocate to the remote English countryside. There, the children discover a magical tree and its extraordinary and eccentric occupants.

But who are these extraordinary and eccentric occupants, you may ask? There’re a lot of them, take a deep breath…

Nicola Coughlan (Derry Girls) is playing woodland fairy Silky; Nonso Anozie (Ted Lasso) is the group’s self-appointed leader, Moonface; Jessica Gunning (Baby Reindeer) is Dame Washalot; Dustin Demri-Burns (The Great) is Saucepan Man; Mark Heap (Friday Night Dinner) is Mr Oom Boom Boom and Oliver Chris (Trying, My Lady Jane) is Mr. Watzisname (I am reliably informed this is not a typo).

But that’s not all! Sirs Lenny Henry, Michael Palin and Simon Russell Beale have also joined in, playing “a trio of mystical wise men from the Land of Know-Alls”. They join the previously cast Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield, who are playing Polly and Tim respectively. Not a bad bunch if you can get them, I suppose.

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Ben Gregor is directing the film, which is set to begin shooting across the UK later this month. We’re rather excited for this one – Farnaby doesn’t seem to have written a bad script yet, and the cast looks pretty swell too…

More on The Magic Faraway Tree as we get it.

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