Friday, January 14, 2011
Treasure Island Cast Announced
Sky 1 today (Friday 14 January, 2011) has announced a stellar line-up of acting talent; including Hollywood star Elijah Wood, to accompany Eddie Izzardin their new adaption of the much loved Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island
Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings, Sin City) will join Eddie Izzard for filming in Puerto Rico next month in the role of Ben Gunn.
Set in the dangerous world of buccaneers, the two part drama to be broadcast on Sky 1 HD at the end of the year, will take viewers on a high octane adventure following the story of Jim Hawkins as he discovers Flint’s treasure map.
Elijah Wood joins a cast that comprises of top British acting talent who have already been filming in Ireland and are now on location in Puerto Rico.
Phillip Glenister (Ashes to Ashes, Mad Dogs) will play Captain Smollet. Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks, Whitechapel) takes on the role of Squire Trelawney and Daniel Mays (Made in Dagenham, Plus One, Red Riding) is Dr Livesey – who all lead the voyage with Jim aboard The Hispaniola.
David Harewood (Strike Back, Mrs Mandela, Blood Diamond) and Keith Allen (Robin Hood, Bodies) take on the role of the pirates, Bones and Pew respectively who lead Jim into the murky world of piracy and seeking Flint’s hidden treasure.
Newcomer Toby Regbo, who is set to appear in the final Harry Potter film as Young Dumbledore, takes on the role of Jim Hawkins as a gutsy, eager and courageous young lad who finds himself battling with Silver (Eddie Izzard) for the treasure and his life. Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter, Bridget Jones) plays his mother and Nina Sosanya (Love Actually) will be Silver’s wife.
TREASURE ISLAND is part of Sky's multi-million pound HD drama investment fund. Filming takes place in Ireland and Puerto Rico for broadcast at Christmas 2011.
Commissioned by Elaine Pyke, Head of Drama, Sky 1 HD, Executive Producers are Annie Harrison-Baxter for Sky, Robert Halmi Sr for RHI Entertainment, Alan Moloney for Parallel Films, Mark Grenside for MNG Films, Melanie Stokes and Anne Brogan for Kindle Entertainment. The producer is Laurie Borg (Made in Dagenham, Sense and Sensibility, Little Voice). Written by Stewart Harcourt (Hearts & Bones, Poirot, Marple) and directed by Steve Barron (Merlin, Arabian Nights, Mike Bassett: England Manager, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).