This news will be to book nerds what Emma Stone was to "Spider-Man" nerds.
We love Ricky Gervais. We love "The Wind in the Willows". We love that director Ray Griggs ("Super Capers") has cast Ricky Gervias in his live-action/animatronic adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows". We're back and forth on Ricky Gervais playing mole, as reported today by Gaurdian.co.uk.
Scratch that, we're not convinced this casting is quite right. In our minds, being the bookish nerds we are, Gervais should play Mr. Toad.
For those who've never read the book, seen the movie or rode the ride, and probably think us a bit obsessive, "The Wind in the Willows" is a children's book by Kenneth Grahame.
The story goes as follows: a Mole (to be played by Gervais) has had enough with cleaning his house and strikes out to see life. On his adventure, he meets a number of anthropomorphic creatures in pastoral England, most notably, Mr. Toad.
Mr. Toad is funny and arrogant. He lives life swiftly and luxuriously. And all this lands him at jail. If you believe Disney's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride is canonical, Mr. Toad's actions also get him sent to Hell.
Mr. Toad is a Ricky Gervais character.
Mr. Mole, he's just a chummy, honest-working mammal. He's a Hugh Laurie. Or even a Rowan Atkinson.
Okay, "The Wind in the Willows" can still be a great film. Ricky Gervais is a talented enough actor to play most any role. Even Mole. Maybe they'll cast Steve Coogan as Toad. Wait. Steve Coogan as Mr. Toad. That's a great idea. And Ricky Gervais as Mole. Now it makes sense.
And in the end, Emma Stone looks great as Gwen Stacey. Everything's going to be all right.