Sky Movies to première ‘Neverland’ with Keira Knightly, Rhys Ifans and Bob Hoskins

Sky Movies HD has announced that it will première Neverland – a bold new tale inspired by the magic of Peter Pan for all the family to enjoy. Starring a host of British talent, including Keira Knightly, Rhys Ifans and Bob Hoskins, the mini-series will be shown in two 90 minute episodes on Sky Movies Premiere HD on 8 and 15 July 2011.

The prequel to J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan, written and directed by Nick Willing (Tin Man, Alice), sweeps viewers in time from the turbulent seas of the pirates of the Caribbean to the back alleys of Dickensian London. It explores the history of the beloved characters including The Lost Boys, Captain Hook and The Indians as well as explaining how the crocodile got his tick and the mystical beginning of Neverland.

Production took place in Dublin, Ireland and Genoa, Italy with the cast that includes Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) who plays James Hook, Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) as Captain Elizabeth Bonny and Academy Award®-nominee Bob Hoskins who reprises his role from Steven Spielberg’s feature Hook as Mr Smee. Raoul Trujillo (Tin Man) plays the Holy Man, Charles Dance (Last Action Hero) features as Dr Richard Fludd and Charlie Rowe (Never Let Me Go) stars as Peter Pan with Academy Award®-nominated actress Keira Knightly (Pirates of the Caribbean) as the voice of Tinkerbell.

Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies said, “The legend of Peter Pan spans generations, and never fails to delight and entertain. Despite many different interpretations, there’s never been a movie of how it all could have come to be – this is that story. Neverland is a fantastic coup for us and a landmark event for Sky Movies.”

Nick Willing, Neverland Writer and Director said, “I have always dreamt of making my own version of this classic story and am deeply honoured to be involved. I have found Sky Movies bold, innovative, and imaginative – the perfect partners for this ambitious mini-series.”

JM Barrie originally gave the rights to Peter Pan toGreatOrmond Street Hospital in 1929. Neverland will subsequently be supporting the great work of this institution.

Christine De Poortere, Peter Pan Director at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity commented, “We’re delighted that Neverland will be benefiting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity in the spirit of JM Barrie’s legacy.”