Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd will star as The Wind In The Willow’s author Kenneth Graham in Bruce Beresford’s Banking On Mr Toad.

Samantha Morton is also in discussions to star as the author’s wife. Shooting of the live action-animation film is due to take place in Ireland later this year.

The screenplay he been co-written by Timothy W Haas and Wendy Oberman and it will tackle the author’s family life, his high profile career at the Bank of England and his love for his autistic son.

Haas, who is also producing the film, has been given access to the Bank of England’s archive for the film, which is set in 1898, and John Keyworth, the bank’s longest serving officer, is acting as a consultant to the production.