Star Wars actor films in Winnie the Pooh woods

Hattie Harrison Fran Taylor

Actor Domhnall Gleeson has been spotted filming on Ashdown Forest for a new Hollywood movie.

Known for films such as The Revenant and Star Wars, the Irishman is taking the lead role of A A Milne in a film based on the life of the Winnie the Pooh creator. He was seen shooting scenes over the course of two days last week at the memorial plaque to A A Milne, near The Hatch Inn.

The film, due to be titled The Unknown A A Milne Project, will follow the relationship between the author and his son, Christopher Robin, living on Ashdown Forest during post-war Britain. Milne moved to Cotchford Farm, Hartfield, in 1925.

Included in Simon Curtis’s film is Margot Robbie as Milne’s wife, Daphne, and Kelly Macdonald. It is suspected both may return to Ashdown Forest for further filming this year.

The filming comes during the 90th anniversary of the first Winnie the Pooh publication, which is being celebrated across the Ashdown Forest this month, and the publication of a new set of short stories titled The Best Bear in all the World.

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