Disney has another live action remake in the works! This time we are headed to Neverland, as it is being announced that Yara Shahidi and Jude Law have been cast as “Tinkerbell” and “Captain Hook!”
As you may already know, Tinkerbell is not only Peter Pan’s friend, but she also loves him very much and becomes jealous whenever any girl–namely Wendy Darling–shows him any attention. She is also integral to the children’s ability to fly while in Neverland has her magical fairy dust –and a few happy thoughts–allows them to become airborne!
Captain Hook, however, is Peter’s archenemy; terrorizing him and The Lost Boys (Peter’s band of misfit orphans he forms a fraternal bond with) alongside his pirates.
Disney continues to make strides in diversifying its classic characters and is doing it again as sources tell Deadline that Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi is set to play Tinker Bell in David Lowery’s Peter Pan and Wendy. This would mark the first time a person of color has filled the role that traditionally has featured a white actress and follows in the footsteps after Disney set Halle Bailey to play Ariel in The Little Mermaid.
Shahidi joins Jude Law, who will play Captain Hook, as well as Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson, who will play the title characters. Lowery is on board to direct the project and also co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks. Jim Whitaker is producing.
We are very happy for Yara, she will make an excellent Tinkerbell! Jude as Captain Hook, is a pretty ingenious move on Disney’s behalf. He is one helluva actor with an impeccable resume. We are sure he will bring the ruthlessness needed for this iconic villain. We can really tell the company is making moves with diversity.
“Peter Pan” is definitely overdue for a live action remake by Disney. As you may recall, it originally premiered back in 1953!
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