Cannes: Michael Caine, Bill Nighy, Matthew Goode to Star in 'Four Kids and It'

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From left: Bill Nighy, Matthew Goode, Michael Caine

Caine will voice a magical, sandy creature in the film, which Andy De Emmony will direct.

Michael Caine, Bill Nighy and Matthew Goode will star in family adventure film Four Kids and It.

An adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson's novel Four Children and It, the project centers on four kids that discover their beach holiday is actually a bonding trip with their potential future step-siblings. There, they find a magical, sandy creature called the Psammead who can grant them one wish a day, only to see the wish end as soon as the sun sets. The children must choose their wishes wisely and figure out how to combat an evil villain (Nighy) who tries to steal the magical creature for himself.

Caine will voice the Psammead, which will be designed by creature creators Brian and Wendy Froud, who worked on Labyrinth and Star Wars' Yoda, respectively.

Andy De Emmony (Father Ted) will direct the project from an adaptation by Simon Lewis with additional writing provided by Mark Oswin. Dan Films' Julie Baines and Anne Brogan of Kindle Entertainment are producing.

The pic is being presented to buyers in Cannes, with 13 Films actively selling worldwide rights outside the U.K. Principal photography is slated to begin in August in the U.K.

“We are all ready for a beautiful, classic, fun, family tale and this film ticks all the boxes," said 13 Films president Tannaz Anisi. "Jacqueline Wilson has created a wonderful, magical world that is now in the hands of exceptional filmmakers and cast that will bring the story to life to delight us all. I just can’t wait.”

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