Monday, November 30, 2015

First look at Peter and Wendy

Back in January Screenterrier posted a casting call for the new ITV drama based on the story of Peter Pan. In May the news of the two young actors who landed the title roles was announced.

Peter and Wendy is currently scheduled to air on Saturday 26th December on ITV and here's a first look at the two young stars.

13 year old Hazel Doupe from Ireland, plays the joint roles of twelve year old Lucy Rose, a patient at modern day Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Wendy Darling, in her re-imagining of Peter Pan story. Hazel (represented by Macfarlane Chard), who attends Billie Barry Stage School in Dublin, played Sarah in the RTE docu/drama Titanic, Blood and Steel, and starred in Irish thriller Jack Taylor:Shot Down.
Zac Sutcliffe (who attends Yorkshire School of Acting) from Bradford, stars as Peter. Zac's previous filmed Grimsby, a new film from Sacha Baron Cohen.

The drama is a re-imagining of J.M. Barrie’s much loved classic novel, which reinterprets the timeless story for the modern age while remaining faithful to the spirit of the original.

The story opens in modern day Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where twelve-year-old Lucy Rose 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.

Singer Paloma Faith also makes a guest appearance as Tinker Bell.

The two hour drama is produced by Headline Pictures with a script by BAFTA winner Adrian Hodges, and directed by Diarmuid Lawrence.

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