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Rhys Ifans in Thomas adaptation

Rhys Ifans is set to star in a new screen adaptation of Dylan Thomas's celebrated radio play Under Milk Wood.

After what the producers called a " lengthy negotiation process", they secured the film rights to the play in a year which marks not only the 60th anniversary of the first broadcast and also Thomas's centenary.

The writer's "play for voices" will be filmed in both English and Welsh and it is only the second time it has been filmed. Rhys will take the "first voice" role performed by Richard Burton in the only other film version which dates back to 1972, and also featured his then wife Elizabeth Taylor.

The play, set in the fictional Welsh seaside town of Llareggub, and is due to be filmed this summer by director and producer, Kevin Allen, who gave Ifans his big break on another of his films Twin Town.

The poet Murray Lachlan Young is also involved in the project, which is being partly financed by Welsh broadcaster S4C.

The producers said it would "veer away from delivering a one dimensional, literal reflection of Thomas's original work" and would instead darker elements of "a richly funny, filthily fluid dystopian dreamscape".

The film, to be made on the west coast of Wales, will also be accompanied a documentary by Allen - brother of actor Keith - which Ifans is also presenting.

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