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The Guardian - Paloma Faith and Stanley Tucci to star in Peter Pan drama

Paloma Faith and Stanley Tucci are to star in a new Headline Pictures drama Peter and Wendy based on the Peter Pan novel by JM Barrie.

Bafta winning Faith and Oscar nominee Tucci, star of Sky Atlantic’s Arctic murder mystery Fortitude, will appear alongside Laura Fraser, who played drugs kingpin Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, last seen enjoying a cup of tea in Breaking Bad.

The two-hour drama will begin in modern day Great Ormond Street hospital, cutting between contemporary scenes and the fantasy land of Neverland. It has been scripted by Adrian Hodges, responsible for BBC1’s recent revisionist take on The Musketeers.

It brings together the story of Peter Pan, first played on the London stage in 1904, and the London children’s hospital to which Barrie handed over the rights to his creation in perpetuity.

Producer Stewart Mackinnon said: “The drama will retain the classic structure and content of JM Barrie’s original Peter Pan, while adding a new framing story designed to allow audiences a different way into the story.

“The modern framework makes funny and at times poignant connections with the original material, while allowing the film to make an affectionate nod towards the traditional theatrical device of actors doubling and even tripling in different roles.

“This device also establishes a connection with Great Ormond Street hospital, the world famous children’s hospital that has become irrevocably associated with Peter Pan.”

As well as playing Hook, Tucci will also play a Great Ormond Street surgeon about to operate on 12-year-old Lucy Rose, played by newcomer Hazel Doupe, who also plays Wendy Darling.

Her mother Julie (Fraser, who is also Mrs Darling) is distraught with fear of losing her child.

The day before her operation, Lucy reads JM Barrie’s novel of Peter Pan to a crowd of sick children in the hospital, and she goes to sleep with thoughts of the classic tale in her head. Lucy dreams this version of Peter Pan into existence and the story is retold through the young girl’s imagination.

The story cuts back and forth between Lucy’s modern day struggles and the fantasy land of Neverland, with the “common theme being positivity and belief”, said ITV.

The role of Peter Pan will also be played by a newcomer, Zac Sutcliffe.

ITV said the “re-imagining” of the novel would “reinterpret this timeless story for the modern age while remaining faithful to the spirit of the original”.

The cast will also feature Bjarne Henriksen (The Killing), Ben Crompton (Game of Thrones) and Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness).

ITV director of drama Steve November said: “I’m delighted to be bringing JM Barrie’s classic story of Peter Pan to ITV.

“This wonderful interpretation by Adrian Hodges is faithful to Barrie’s original, but adds a new and unexpected dimension that makes it feel as though we are hearing the story for the first time. We’re thrilled to have such a great cast on board to star in this exciting new drama.”

Christine De Poortere, Peter Pan director at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said: “We are absolutely thrilled to see Peter Pan in an exciting new screen version, especially as it brings together Barrie’s original story and Great Ormond Street Hospital, the honoured recipient of his amazing gift.”

Peter and Wendy is currently in production with filming taking place over a six week period in Luxembourg, London and Dorset. CGI special effects will be used to create the extraordinary world of The Neverland.

Read article in The Guardian

May 19, 2015

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