Faithful 'Peter Pan' Flies into London

12/11/2003 AT 04:52 PM EST

Tinkerbell's ageless, 100-year-old friend is back, thanks to Wednesday night's world premiere in -- where else? -- London town, PEOPLE reports.

Unlike some previous incarnations, such as Walt Disney's animated (and overly homogenized) 1953 "Peter Pan" and Steven Spielberg's lamentable (and overwrought) 1991 "Hook," Australian director P.J. Hogan's new movie "Peter Pan" is true to author J.M. Barrie's original story, first performed on the London stage in December 1904.

Jeremy Sumpter, 14, from Los Angeles, plays the title role of the boy who won't grow up. "I guess I'll get girls following me now," he told reporters, really sounding like Peter Pan.

"It's what every guy wants, and hopefully it will now happen to me. It's cool how many people were shouting for me when I arrived, I love it," he said.

Rachel Hurd-Wood, 13, from Surrey, England, plays Wendy, who is swept off to Neverland by Peter.

Petite French actress Ludivine Sagnier, 24, who plays Tink, wore a pink Stella McCartney dress to the premiere and spoke of the "amazing" joy of flying and explained that it was a real challenge for her to play her role without uttering a single line of dialogue. "It was more like miming than acting," she said.

Jason Isaacs, 40, who doubles in the roles of villainous Captain Hook and heroine Wendy Darling's father, tells PEOPLE that the new movie "is fantastic for kids. When I watched it the children were laughing and shrieking and the grownups were crying."

Isaacs, who played Lucius Malfoy in last year's "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," noted how "Pan" by Hogan (best known for directing 1994's "Muriel's Wedding" and 1997's "My Best Friend's Wedding") captures "a great sense of loss -- the loss of youth and innocence, which is what the grown ups get from it."

And there were plenty of grownups at the premiere, too, including actress Lynn Redgrave (who plays Aunt Millicent in the movie). Redgrave, 60, tells PEOPLE that the movie "has exceeded our expectations."

Must be the pixie dust.

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