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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 prestrike screenplay by Chris Henchy and Dennis McNicholas. Julie Wixson-Darmody is executive producer.

Universal's Peter Cramer and Eric Baiers are overseeing the project. Principal photography begins next month.

Friel is repped by UTA, Abi Harris of London-based Finch & Partners and attorneys Sam Fisher and PJ Shapiro. Friel, nominated for a Golden Globe for Daisies, will next appear in Goal! III.

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