Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville is set to portray the legendary author Roald Dahl in an as-yet-untitled biopic, which will take place in the 1960s and revolve around Dahl’s marriage to actress Patricia Neal.
“I can’t imagine anyone better to give the ambivalent nature of Roald Dahl’s life,” producer Elliot Jenkins told the BBC. “He was such a man of wounded parts below his polished veneer of self-confidence.”
According to the report, the biopic is said to be in the same vein as Saving Mr. Banks, which starred Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author PL Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. The role of Oscar-winning actress Neal is yet to be cast.