ITV has commissioned a new version of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan with international pop star, singer/songwriter and actress Paloma Faith making a guest appearance as Tinker Bell, Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci playing the legendary Captain Hook and Laura Fraser as Mrs Darling.
The two hour drama will also feature two young talents in the roles of Peter Pan and Wendy Darling – Zac Sutcliffe and Hazel Doupe. Peter & Wendy will be scripted by BAFTA winner Adrian Hodges. 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, Ben Crompton and Rasmus Hardiker are among the cast bringing these characters to life.
“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. We’re thrilled to have such a great cast on board to star in this exciting new drama.” ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November
The drama will open in modern day Great Ormond Street Hospital 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.
Pictured: Paloma Faith performing ‘Beauty Remains’ on BBC One’s The Voice earlier this year.