Magazine article Screen International

Rhys Ifans to Star in under Milk Wood Film

Magazine article Screen International

Rhys Ifans to Star in under Milk Wood Film

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EXCLUSIVE: Welsh broadcaster S4C commissions feature from director Kevin Allen.

Welsh broadcaster S4C has commissioned a film version of classic radio drama Under Milk Wood, set to star Rhys Ifans.

The feature update of poet Dylan Thomas' classic story about the inhabitants of a fictional Welsh fishing village has been ordered by S4C's drama commissioner Gwawr Martha Lloyd and will be directed and produced by Kevin Allen (Twin Town).

Director Allen, uncle of singer Lily Allen, secured the UK and international film rights to the radio drama after lengthy negotiations with the Milkwood Trust.

Ifans will play the roles of First Man and Captain Tom Cat, the parts played by Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole, respectively, in the 1972 feature adaptation, which also starred Elizabeth Taylor.

The six-week shoot is due to get underway this summer on the west coast of Wales, with English and Welsh-language versions filmed back-to-back. Casting on the supporting roles is underway. …

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