The last time we saw Rhys Ifans on the big screen, he was turning into a scaly lizard man and causing trouble for The Amazing Spider-Man. It's a fair bet we'll have 100 per cent fewer reptilian attacks when he stars in the new film adaptation of the Dylan Thomas story Under Milk Wood.
Ifans is also co-writing the project, based on a script that's also by director Kevin Allen, Michael Breen and Murray Lachlan Young. Originally written as a radio drama in 1954 by poet Dylan Thomas, the story has been adapted for the stage. It's all set in a fictional small Welsh fishing village called Llareggub (read that backwards to see the gag) and finds an omniscient narrator called First (Ifans) allowing a peek into the thoughts and dreams of the citizens across a night and a day.
Among the residents are Captain Cat (also Ifans), a blind old sea captain who dreams of his deceased shipmates and long lost lover, Rosie Probert and various others, including guest house owner Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard, Jack Black (not the comedy star), and Mr. Waldo. Allen will start shooting this summer on the west coast of Wales, aiming to make both English language and Welsh versions back to back.