Izzard to play Long John Silver

London: Comedian Eddie Izzard has been signed up to play the role of Long John Silver in a two-part TV adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’.

Sky One has announced that the drama will take ‘a bold approach to the much-loved classic’.

“ ‘Treasure Island’ will be a hugely exciting, morally complex and compelling story of pirates, heroes, friendship and treachery," a news channel quoted Elaine Pyke, Sky One’s head of drama, as saying.

Filming for the show is expected to begin in both Ireland and Puerto Rico next month.

It is scheduled for Christmas 2012.


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