Thursday, 14 May 2015
ITV orders 'Peter & Wendy'
The impressive cast features Paloma Faith as Tinker Bell and with Laura Fraser as Mrs Darling and Stanley Tucci as Hook
The two hour drama will also feature two exciting new young talents to play Peter Pan and Wendy Darling – Zac Sutcliffe and Hazel Doupe. Peter & Wendy will be produced by Headline Pictures (Quartet, The Invisible Woman) and scripted by BAFTA winner Adrian Hodges (My Week with Marilyn, The Musketeers). The drama is a re-imagining of J.M. Barrie’s much loved classic novel, which reinterprets this timeless story for the modern age while remaining faithful to the spirit of the original.
J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is firmly established as one of the greatest of family stories, known and enjoyed worldwide. The fictional character of Peter Pan himself has become one of the iconic stars of childhood literature, as has his nemesis, the villainous but oddly poignant Captain Hook. Both of these characters, as well as many of J.M. Barrie’s other fictional characters will be brought to screen in the ITV drama, which will also introduce brand new characters too. Bjarne Henriksen (The Killing), Ben Crompton (Game of Thrones) and Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness) are among the cast bringing these characters to life.
The drama will open in modern day Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where twelve-year-old Lucy Rose (Hazel Doupe, who also plays Wendy Darling) is awaiting treatment for a serious heart condition. Her mother Julie (Laura Fraser, also doubling up as Mrs Darling) is distraught with the fear of losing her child, and surgeon Mr Wylie (Stanley Tucci, who also plays Hook) assures her he’ll do everything in his power to make the operation a success.
The day before her operation, Lucy reads J.M. 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 magical 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.
Producer Stewart Mackinnon said: “The drama will retain the classic structure and content of J.M 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.”
ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November said: “I’m delighted to be bringing J.M. 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."
He continued, “We’re thrilled to have such a great cast on board to star in this exciting new drama.”
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