DEADLINE – This party animal is sportin’ a blue jacket but no pants. He treats fellow woodland creatures to an “all you can eat” in a garden, even the fox who tried to make hasenpfeffer out of him. He hosts a swingin’ bash — well, “hosts” is not the correct verb, as the place clearly isn’t his. Then again, neither is the garden. Meet Peter Rabbit, titular star of Sony’s live-action/animation hybrid.

While this likely isn’t the way Beatrix Potter imagined the furry hero of her turn-of-the-20th-century literary classic, James Corden couldn’t care less. The Late Late Show and trophycast host voices the mischievous and adventurous Peter in an irreverent contemporary telling. The logline: Peter’s feud with menacing farmer Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover (Rose Byrne) who lives next door.

The voice cast also features Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley as respective triplets Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, with Sam Neill among the human element. Will Gluck directed the film, which he and Rob Lieber co-wrote. Columbia Pictures opens Peter Rabbit wide on February 9.

VARIETY – Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have joined the cast of Sony’s live-action/animated hybrid “Peter Rabbit,” starring Rose Byrne and James Corden.

The film will be directed by Will Gluck from a screenplay by Rob Lieber with revisions by Gluck. The adaptation will be made at Animal Logic, the Sydney-based animation and visual effects production studio behind the global blockbuster “The Lego Movie.”

Gluck and Zareh Nalbandian are both attached to produce the feature, with Doug Belgrad serving as executive producer. Jodi Hildebrand of Olive Bridge and Jason Lust will also serve as executive producers.

Corden will voice Peter and Byrne will star in the live-action female lead role of Bea.

With this film, Columbia and Frederick Warne will bring Beatrix Potter’s beloved character Peter Rabbit to a new family audience. Warne has been Beatrix Potter’s publisher since its publication of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” in 1902, and is home to the Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter brands.

“We at Penguin Random House UK are delighted to be working with Columbia Pictures,” said Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK. “As custodians of Beatrix Potter’s brand and legacy, we are excited about the opportunity this production will bring to engage a whole new audience with the world of Beatrix Potter and one of her best-loved characters, the mischievous Peter Rabbit.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment will create and execute a worldwide licensing and merchandising program for the new “Peter Rabbit,” in association with Warne.

Production on “Peter Rabbit” is due to commence in January 2017, and is set for worldwide release in April 2018. The film will be made with the support of the Australian Government through Screen Australia and Screen NSW, and in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation. Lauren Abrahams will oversee the project for the studio.

After breaking out in “Star Wars: the Force Awakens,” Ridley has quickly begun building her resume. Besides the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” she’s also attached to star in the YA adaptation “Chaos Walking” at Lionsgate and the supernatural drama “Kolma” at Paramount, which reteams her with J.J. Abrams. She is also set to topline “The Lost Wife” for producer Robbie Brenner.