EXCLUSIVE: Winslow Fegley is set to join Javier Bardem in Will Speck & Josh Gordon’s Lyle, Lyle Crocodile for Sony Pictures. Sources also tell Deadline that Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, the Oscar winning songwriting team behind the music of La La Land and upcoming Dear Evan Hansen movie, will write original songs for the film. Speck & Gordon will direct with the script will be adapted by Will Davies and is based on the best-selling children’s book by Bernard Waber.
First published in 1965, the venerable children’s tale revolves around the title reptile who lives in a house on East 88th Street in New York City. Lyle enjoys helping the Primm family with everyday chores, and playing with the neighborhood kids. He’s the happiest crocodile any home ever had…until one neighbor insists that Lyle belongs in a zoo. Mr. Grumps and his cat, Loretta, don’t like crocodiles, and everything Lyle does to win them over seems to go wrong. It will take all of Lyle’s charm—and courage—to reveal the hero, and friend, behind the big crocodile smile.
Speck & Gordon are producing alongside Hutch Parker. Dan Wilson is executive producing for Hutch Parker Entertainment and Kevin K. Vafi is executive producing for Speck & Gordon. Pasek & Paul are also executive producing. Brittany Morrissey is overseeing the project for the studio. The film will bow on July 22, 2022.
Fegley most recently completed shooting the lead role in Nightbooks, based on the popular supernatural novel by JA. White as well as 8 Bit Christmas for HBO Max. He is best known for his break-out role as Timmy Failure in Disney’s Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made from Academy Award-winning director Tom McCarthy and he also starred in Focus Features’ Come Play. He will next be seen in the Neil Bogart biopic Spinning Gold, starring Jeremy Jordan, Samuel L. Jackson and Jason Isaacs.
He is repped by Gersh, Ann Wright Representatives, and Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein