StudioCanal announces the start of principal photography and the cast of The Railway Children Return
by Kaleem Aftab
- After a 50-year gap, Jenny Agutter reprises her role from The Railway Children in the film being helmed by BAFTA-winning director Morgan Matthews
StudioCanal has announced today, 10 May, as the start of principal photography for The Railway Children Return, set in the same world as The Railway Children. Helmed by BAFTA-winning director Morgan Matthews (X+Y [+see also:
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BAFTA- and Emmy Award-winning thesp Jenny Agutter (Sometimes Always Never [+see also:
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Nesbit's novel, published in 1906, has been adapted for the screen several times, but the 1970 version starring Agutter remains the most enduringly popular.
BAFTA winner Sheridan Smith, Academy Award nominee and BAFTA winner Tom Courtenay (45 Years [+see also:
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film profile]) and a new generation of Railway Children will also star in The Railway Children Return, written by BAFTA laureate Danny Brocklehurst. The Railway Children Return is being billed as an enchanting adventure for a new generation, bringing a contemporary sensibility to a classic story and combining the British cast with stunning locations. The film will take audiences on an exciting and heart-warming journey, in which a group of children are evacuated to a Yorkshire village during World War II, where they encounter a young soldier who, like them, is far away from home…
Produced by BAFTA winner Jemma Rodgers for the UK's StudioCanal, The Railway Children Return is scheduled to open in UK cinemas on 1 April 2022.
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