Producers David Heyman, Rosie Alison and STUDIOCANAL are delighted to announce the start of principal photography for Marc Munden’s THE SECRET GARDEN revealing that Colin Firth and Julie Walters will star. Shooting begins in the UK on Monday. THE SECRET GARDEN remake reunites STUDIOCANAL and Heyday following their incredibly successful collaboration on PADDINGTON 1 & 2.

This enduring classic of children’s literature has been adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Jack Thorne, known for his wonderful ability to capture the natural idiom of children, most recently showcased in the smash hit HARRY POTTER play. Jack has reset THE SECRET GARDEN remake in a slightly later period, removing it from the Edwardian era to 1947, on the eve of Partition in India, and in the aftermath of WW2 in Britain.

Set in England, THE SECRET GARDEN tells the story of Mary Lennox, played by Dixie Egerickx best known for her roles in GENIUS, THE LITTLE STRANGER and A ROYAL WINTER, a prickly and unloved 10-year-old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents who never wanted her. When her parents suddenly die, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Oscar and BAFTA winner Colin Firth – A SINGLE MAN, THE KING’S SPEECH, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, BRIDGET JONES’S BABY), on his remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors. There, she begins to uncover many family secrets, particularlywhen she meets her sickly cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst – GENIUS, IT WOULD CHANGE EVERYTHING), shut away in a wing of the house.

It is a story of two damaged, slightly misfit, children who heal each other – partly through their exposure to a wondrous secret garden, lost in the grounds of Misselthwaite Manor. Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning Julie Walters (PADDINGTON 1 & 2, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL) will play Mrs Medlock, the head housekeeper at Misselthwaite. Amir Wilson (THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING) joins the stellar cast as Dickon with Isis Davis (GUILT, ELECTRIC DREAMS) as Martha.

THE SECRET GARDEN is based on the original book by novelist Frances Hodgson Burnett.