NBC's 'Crusoe' nabs Neill, Bean, Ackland

Project based on Daniel Defoe novel

Sam Neill, Sean Bean and Joss Ackland have joined the cast of NBC's action series "Crusoe."

The project, based on Daniel Defoe's novel, chronicles the adventures of the dashing and resourceful castaway Crusoe (Philip Winchester) and his companion Friday on a desert island while looking in flashbacks at Crusoe's life before he embarked on the ill-fated voyage.

Among the flashbacks are Crusoe's tragic childhood with widower father. James (Bean), the relationship with the love of his life, Susannah (Anna Walton), and his efforts to launch a business under the watchful eye of family friend, Jeremiah Blackthorn (Neill).

"Crusoe," written by Stephen Gallagher ("Eleventh Hour") and directed by Duane Clark ("CSI: NY"), will be filmed in the U.K., South Africa and the Seychelles.

Power is producing, with Justin Bodle, Michael Prupas and Genevieve Hofmeyr exec producing.