Just as Peter Pan vows to never grow up, movies about him are proving just as resistant to age out of Hollywood. Disney continues to adapt its catalog of classic animated films with Peter Pan & Wendy, and the next live-action movie will live on Disney+. It was confirmed on Disney Investor Day that the project will stream exclusively on the service and star Yara Shahidi's Tinker Bell and Jude Law's Captain Hook.
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Relative newcomers Ever Anderson and Alexander Molony were cast as Wendy Darling and Peter Pan, respectively, back in March. Below, everything we know about the new film, including how it will re-imagine the classic fairytale.
Sources tell Variety that Anderson (who is the daughter of actress Milla Jovovich and will reportedly play the younger version of Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow) has been cast as Wendy. Meanwhile, Molony (Disney Junior series Claude) will play Peter Pan himself.
Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish, The Sun Is Also A Star) will play Tinkerbell, per Deadline. Her role has previously been played by Julia Roberts in Hook.
Law has been cast as the villainous Captain Hook, Variety reports, a role previously assumed by Dustin Hoffman in 1991, Christopher Walken in 2014, and Garrett Hedlund in 2015.
Newcomer Alyssa Wapanatâhk is on board to play Tiger Lily, a source told TheWrap; sources said the character is "being reimagined" for the remake.
TheWrap reported that comedian Jim Gaffigan has joined the project as Smee, Captain Hook's bumbling sidekick. The role was previously played by Bob Hoskins in Steven Spielberg's Hook and Christian Borle in 2014's Peter Pan Live!.
Deadline reported back in April 2016 that Pete's Dragon filmmaker David Lowery would direct and co-write the script with his collaborator on that film, Toby Halbrooks. Jim Whitaker (Pete's Dragon, A Wrinkle in Time) will produce the project.
What is Peter & Wendy about?
No official synopsis has been provided for the new iteration of the film. However, the project will have plenty of source material to draw inspiration from. Based on the 1904 play and 1911 novel by J.M. Barrie, the tale of the boy in green who refused to grow up and transports the Darling children to Neverland has been told countless times.
In addition to the classic 1953 animated film and its 2002 follow-up Return to Neverland, there have been several film adaptations (Spielberg's Hook in 1991, 2015's Pan, and 2020's Wendy among them). Plus, who could forget the stage musicals (1954's Peter Pan, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Finding Neverland among them) and NBC's Peter Pan Live! in 2014?
When and where will the film be released?
We'll have to wait a little longer before learning when Peter & Wendy will be released. But the movie will live on Disney+, despite sources telling Variety earlier this year that it was "expected" to premiere in theaters.
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