Here’s something we never thought would happen. Oscar nominee Keira Knightley has signed on to star in a SyFy Channel original program. According to Deadline, the actress will appear in the mini-series Neverland, which is inspired by the famous Peter Pan story. The project will be a mix of live action and animation and will feature several other notable stars. Find out who else is on board below…

Knightley will join the cast that currently includes Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, Bob Hoskins, Charles Dance, Raoul Trujillo and Charlie Rowe.

“Neverland centers on Peter (Rowe) who, along with his pals of young pickpockets, have been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook (Ifans) to snatch a magical orb that transports them to another world – Neverland. 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 (Trujillo).”

One of the interesting things about this series, is Knightley’s role. She’ll play Tinkerbell! Unfortunately, she won’t be onscreen in a live action capacity (a la Julia Roberts in Hook), she’ll only lend her voice to the character.

We had some initial apprehension about this project considering the questionable quality of some of SyFy’s projects. But we did enjoy their take on The Wizard of Oz a few years ago with Zooey Deschanel called The Tin Man. Maybe Neverland could be just as good?

What do you think of the cast of Neverland? Are you interested in watching the series?