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LONDON – Elijah Wood is joining the cast of Treasure Island, Sky 1’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s buccaneering pirate classic that will broadcast on Sky at Christmas.
Wood – best known to Brit audiences as Frodo from Lord of The Rings will play Ben Gunn - is joining a cast that includes Eddie Izzard, Philip Glenister and Rupert Penry-Jones who are already filming in Ireland and Puerto Rico.
Glenister plays Captain Smollet, Penry-Jones takes on the role of Squire Trelawney and Daniel Mays is Dr Livesey – who are all on board the The Hispaniola alongside Gunn. Izzard plays Long John Silver.
Backed by Sky1’s multi-million pound HD drama investment fund, the drama was commissioned by Elaine Pyke, Head of Drama, Sky 1 HD and will be made by RHI Entertainment, Parallel Films, MNG Films, Melanie Stokes and Kindle Entertainment and produced Laurie Borg.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Wood will reprise his Frodo role in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit.