Uni finds Ferrell's 'Lost' friend


"Land of the Lost" has landed a female lead, Anna Friel, to star opposite Will Ferrell in Brad Silberling's adventure fantasy for Universal Pictures.

In this feature adaptation of Sid and Marty Krofft's 1970s live-action kids show, the "Pushing Daisies" star will play the love interest of Ferrell, a disgraced paleontologist who finds himself in a strange prehistoric world.

The Kroffts and Jimmy Miller will produce from a prestrike screenplay by Chris Henchy and Dennis McNicholas. Julie Wixson-Darmody is executive producer.

Universal's Peter Cramer and Eric Baiers are overseeing the project. Principal photography begins next month.

Friel is repped by UTA, Abi Harris of London-based Finch & Partners and attorneys Sam Fisher and PJ Shapiro. Friel, nominated for a Golden Globe for "Daisies," will next appear in "Goal! III."