She’ll be voicing the part in Sky Movie HD’s Neverland , the prehistory of Peter Pan
The project, a live-action prequel to JM Barrie’s classic Peter Pan, written and directed by Nick Willing ( Alice , Tin Man ), will see Knightley bring to life the iconic role of Tinker Bell, a magical tree spirit whose strength and powers are put to the test when her colony within Neverland’s treetops is endangered (so presumably Tinker Bell will be CG). She joins a cast that include Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, Bob Hoskins, Charles Dance and Charlie Rowe. Knightley will record her role this spring. Neverland will air in two parts on Sky Movies Premiere HD in Summer 2011.
In this new version of the story, Peter (Rowe), along with his pals of young pickpockets, have been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook (Ifans) to snatch a magical orb which transports them to another world – Neverland. Filled with white jungles and imposing cities formed out of trees created by Dr Fludd (Dance) and inhabited by a colony of tree spirits led by Tinker Bell (Knightley), this mysterious realm welcomes unknown friends and enemies snatched from time. These include power-mad Elizabeth Bonny (Friel) and her band of 18th century pirates who search for the answer to eternal youth, a secret guarded by a Holy Man (Raoul Trujillo). As the fight to save this strange and beautiful world escalates, Peter and his crew consider that growing old somewhere in time could be less important than growing up—right here in their new home called Neverland.