Disney taps Yara Shahidi for Tinker Bell in live-action Peter Pan
After already landing her Grown-ish co-star for the highly coveted role of Ariel in the forthcoming Little Mermaid remake, Disney has landed series lead Yara Shahidi for the role of Tinker Bell in the upcoming Peter Pan live-action adaptation, in accordance with .
The 20-year-old actress joins a cast which includes two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law (The Third Day) because the notorious Captain Hook and newcomers Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson, the latter of whom may be the daughter of action star Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil). Molony’s acting credits are the Disney Junior’s Claude series and Sky One series The Reluctant Landlord. Anderson made her acting debut as a younger version of her mother in 2016’s action-horror film Resident Evil: THE LAST Chapter. Anderson will next be observed in Marvel Studios’ highly-anticipated Black Widow because the younger version of Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff.
First published in 1911, Peter Pan & Wendy tells the story of the boy who never develops named as he meets Wendy Darling and takes her alongside her brothers John and Michael to the magical island of Neverland. There, they reach meet up with the Lost Tinkerbell and Boys, accompanied by many dangerous adventures against Peter’s lifelong nemesis Captain Hook.
J.M. Barrie’s iconic tale has been adapted right into a live-action film several times including Steven Spielberg’s 1991 live-action film which starred Robin Williams and Julia Roberts; and 2003’s coming-of-age film starring Jeremy Sumpter and Rachel Hurd-Wood that was essentially the most recognized live-action adaptation among many teenagers; and the newest one, Joe Wright’s 2016 Pan starring Hugh Jackman. However, Disney’s 1953 animated film Peter Pan has remained typically the most popular adaptation of the tale.
Peter Pan & Wendy will be directed by David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon, The Green Knight) with Toby Halbrooks having co-written the adaptation with Lowery. The project will undoubtedly be section of Disney’s growing slate of live-action films including The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, and Niki Caro’s upcoming Mulan that is set going to theaters on March 27.
Last year, Disney has proven the success of these efforts of adapting a lot of their classic animated films into live-action with Jon Favreau’s The Lion King and Guy Richie’s Aladdin both earning a gross of over $1 billion.
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