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Anna and Rhys jet in for Peter Pan flick

A RADICAL new take on the ever-popular tale of Peter Pan is to begin shooting in Dublin this month.

Anna Friel, star of Land of the Lost, and actor Rhys Ifans , one-time boyfriend of Sienna Miller, arrive here this week to take lead roles in the new move.

Golden Globe nominee Friel and BAFTA nominee Ifans will be in Swords for the next 11 weeks to film Neverland which is being commissioned by Sky.

The project is described as being a bold new take on the original mythology of the famous story.

The makers want to provide new insights into the history of the Lost Boys, Captain Hook, the Indians, Croc and Neverland.

Friel will be playing Captain Elizabeth Bonny, with Ifans taking on the role of James Hook. Fans of Steven Spielberg's film Hook will be happy to see that Bob Hoskins is reprising his role as Mr Smee.

The prequel is being written and directed by fantasy director Nick Willing.

Intermission producer Alan Moloney said he was delighted that the film was being made here.

"The story of Peter Pan is one that resonates for every generation. Nick has brilliantly crafted something that makes sense of the story we all know and love," he said.

"He takes us back in time and gives us the origins of Peter and Hook's story in a way which will open this world up to everyone, no matter what their age."

Other Hollywood names due to film here over the coming months include Meryl Streep, Orlando Bloom and Amanda Seyfried.

Peter Pan creator JM Barrie gave the rights to the story to Great Ormond Street Hospital London in 1929, and film bosses have confirmed that they will continue to support the charity.

A spokesperson for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity said: "We're delighted that Neverland will be benefitting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity in the spirit of JM Barrie's legacy."