Over a century after he made his stage debut, the boy who never grew up is as popular as ever. Not only is a Peter Pan prequel in the pipeline in Hollywood; ITV has just started filming a modern adaptation of J M Barrie’s classic tale starring Paloma Faith and Stanley Tucci.
The one-off drama will be called Peter and Wendy, which was the title of the children’s book when it was originally published in 1911. Tucci will take the role of Captain Hook and Faith will appear as Tinkerbell – roles perhaps most memorably played by Robin Williams and Julia Roberts in Steven Spielberg’s 1991 film Hook.
Breaking Bad actress Laura Fraser will be Mrs Darling, while Peter and Wendy are played by young newcomers Zak Sutcliffe and Hazel Doupe.
The drama begins with Doupe also playing 12 year-old Lucy Rose, who is awaiting treatment for a serious heart condition in modern day Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Fraser also doubles up as Lucy’s mother while Tucci will first appear as her surgeon. The day before her operation, Lucy reads J.M. Barrie’s novel to the sick children on her ward, and that night she dreams Peter Pan into existence.
Bjarne Henriksen (The Killing), Ben Crompton (Game of Thrones) and Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness) are also among the cast.
Adapted by The Musketeers’ writer Adrian Hodges, the feature-length drama is currently filming in Luxembourg, Dorset and London, and will use CGI special effects to create Neverland – the fantasy realm where Peter Pan, Hook and Tinkerbell dwell.
Peter Pan director at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Christine De Poortere, 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 GOSH, the honoured recipient of his amazing gift.”
As Barrie said himself ‘At one time Peter Pan was an invalid in the Hospital for Sick Children, and it was he who put me up to the little thing I did for the Hospital.’ I’m sure Barrie would have been proud of what Headline Pictures and the cast have done with his timeless story.”