Friel steps in as Ferrell's "Lost" friend

Mon Feb 4, 2008 3:09am EST
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By Gregg Goldstein

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - "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 screenplay by Chris Henchy and Dennis McNicholas, written before the Writers Guild of America strike. Julie Wixson-Darmody is executive producer.

Friel, nominated for a Golden Globe for "Daisies," will next appear in the soccer feature "Goal! III."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Anna Friel poses at the 12th annual GQ magazine Men of the Year party in Los Angeles December 5, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>