Keira Knightly Joins Syfy’s ‘Neverland’

The actress will provide the voice of Tinker Bell in the 'Peter Pan' prequel.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Keira Knightly Joins Syfy's 'Neverland'

Move over, Julia Roberts. There’s a new Tinker Bell in Neverland.

Deadline is reporting that Keira Knightley has signed on to play the famous fairy in "Neverland," a four-hour miniseries in production at Syfy that follows the characters from J.M. Barrie’s "Peter Pan" before the events of that novel. However, Knightley’s appearance may simply be vocal, since she is only cited as the voice of Tinker Bell. Knightley will reportedly record her role in the spring.

"Neverland" was written by Nick Willing, who will also direct it. The story follows Peter (Charlie Rowe), a young thief and his band of pickpockets who are assembled by their mentor, Jimmy Hook (Rhys Ifans) to steal a magical object which transports them to Neverland. There they find cities made of trees by the works of the mysterious Dr. Fludd (Charles Dance), tree spirits led by Tinker Bell (Knightley) and even the famous Elizabeth Bonny (Anna Friel), whose band of pirates search for the secret of eternal youth guarded by a Holy Man (Raoul Trujillo) who is intent on hiding it from them. Bob Hoskins also co-stars as Mr. Smee, a role he played in Steven Spielberg’s "Hook;" which ironically was a sequel to "Peter Pan."

The project will be Knightley’s first U.S. television role, following several appearances on British television in "The Treasure Seekers," "Oliver Twist," "Princess of Thieves" and "Doctor Zhivago." In film, Knightley had a bit part in "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" before landing breakout roles in "Bend It Like Beckham," "Love Actually," "King Arthur," "Domino" and "Pride & Prejudice." However, she is perhaps best known for her starring role in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film series.

Syfy will debut "Neverland" in December.