At one point or another, most adults had to read The Wind in the Willows when they were a kid. The classic story was written by Scotland native Kenneth Grahame and first published in 1908. It’s been around for over 100 years and it’s still very much a part of children’s lives today. According to Variety, an animated version of Willows is about to hit the big screen and one of the prominent characters will be voiced by none other than Ricky Gervais.

The Wind in the Willows will be directed by Ray Griggs, who’s working with Peter Jackson’s Zew Zealand based WETA to do the animation. The screenplay is adapted by Bill Marsilii, and centers on various animal characters in the pastures of England. The main ones being Mole, Ratty, Mr. Toad, Mr. Badger, Otter and Portly, The Gaoler’s Daughter, Pan, and The Wayfarer.


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.

Who would have thought that Gervais would bring the Mole to life one day?

What do you think of Gervais starring in the film?