Casting news: Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield to star in a new adaptation of Enid Blyton’s ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’

Based on the Enid Blyton The Faraway Tree series of best-selling novels, the story follows the adventures of an English family that moves to a remote rural location, where the children soon discover a magical tree, that comes complete with some very eccentric residents. 

After seven years, Spiderman star Andrew Garfield and The Crown star Claire Foy are set to reunite on screen. The pair previously appeared as husband and wife in the 2017 romantic drama Breathe.

This time they will play the roles of Polly and Tim, the parents of Beth, Jo, and Fran whose family is brought closer together as a result of the mystical happenings around them in their new home. 

The official synopsis of the film reads:

Soon after the family’s arrival in the countryside, the children discover a magical tree and its extraordinary and eccentric residents including treasured characters Moonface, Silky, Dame Washalot, and Saucepan Man.” 

Who is behind it?

Horrible Histories star and Paddington 2 screenwriter Simon Farnaby is adapting the novels with Ben Gregor as director.  The film is a co-production between Neal Street Productions and Elysian Film Group. Pippa Harris (Empire of Light, Call the Midwife), Nicholas Brown, and Danny Perkins will produce.

Simon Farnaby told the Radio Times:

“To have two actors of the quality of Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy is a dream for any screenwriter. I have long admired their warmth, wit, and lightness of touch.

“Plus, they have the power to imbue their characters’ complexities that I don’t have the power to write… I mean, even Enid Blyton might be impressed we got Spider-Man and the Queen…

Filming starts in June 2024. Further casting will be announced in due course.