We’ve got the latest on the Roald Dahl biopic, and it looks like a famous face is lined up for the lead…

Hugh Bonneville is perhaps best known for his role in Downton Abbey as the Earl of Grantham. But now the actor will star as Roald Dahl in a brand new biopic that’s set to delight fans of the much-loved children’s author everywhere.

Roald Dahl

What we know so far…

The biopic has not yet been given a title, but it will be set in the 1960s and will track Roald’s life across New York, England and Los Angeles. His classics Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach were published during this period, but this was also a time when he struggled to write some of his most famous work.

The biopic will also heavily focus on Roald’s marriage to Patricia Neal. Roald’s wife made her film debut in 1949 and went on to star in Hollywood classics like The Day the Earth Stood Still and Breakfast At Tiffany’s. She went on to win the Academy Award for her role in 1963’s Hud. The pair married in 1953 and had five children together but later divorced in 1983. The actress to play Patricia has not yet been announced.

Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal

Elliot Jenkins producer at Atticus Pictures spoke about Hugh’s appointment with Variety and said: “Personally, I can’t imagine anyone better than Hugh Bonneville to give the ambivalent nature of Roald Dahl’s life. He was such a man of wounded parts below his polished veneer of self-confidence.”

According to Pascal Degove, managing director of Goldcrest Films, “this film tracks the personal triumphs and tragedies behind the marriage of two globally known superstars. John and David’s excellent script is an audience-pleasing portrayal of Roald and Patricia’s touching love story, backgrounded by the cinematic sweep of the swinging ’60s.”

Hugh’s certainly been busy!

The actor will also the voiceover for Merlin in the upcoming Thomas and Friends film. Speaking of the role he said: “To play an engine in one of Thomas’s adventures is a big thrill for a little boy in a grown-up body. At their heart, these are tales of friendship, adventure and lessons learned from mistakes made, all while trying to keep on the railway tracks.”

Hugh will also return to cinema screens later this year as Mr Brown in Paddington 2, which comes out in November.