Ricky Gervais Voicing Mole in The Wind in the Willows

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Ricky Gervais will voice the lead character of Mole in The Wind in the Willows, reports Variety. The independent live-action/animatronic feature is directed by Ray Griggs.

Pre-production will begin this year in New Zealand, where Griggs will be working with Peter Jackson’s visual effects company Weta.

Bill Marsilii (Deja Vu) wrote the adaptation of the classic novel by Kenneth Grahame which is described as follows:

When Mole ventures out of his lonely home for the first time, he finds a world of new friendships and breathless adventure waiting for him in the land of the Willows. From the joys of boating on the river, to Mr. Toad’s unbelievable antics at Toad Hall… from the dark terrors of the Wild Wood and beyond, to the forbidden land of the Humans… Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad will soon find that they must join forces, in a quest to save their homes from a sinister plot that could cost them their lives – and that could indeed bring about the destruction of the Willows itself.