Disney's Live-Action Peter Pan Finds Its Tinkerbell

Grown-Ish star Yara Shahidi will be the first woman of color to take on the iconic role in a film.


Disney's live-action adaptation machine is still chugging along despite low box-office numbers for their latest, Mulan. Peter Pan & Wendy, the upcoming live-action production of--you guessed it--Disney's Peter Pan and has found its Tinkerbell in Grown-Ish star Yara Shahidi, Deadline reports.

Shahidi will be the first woman of color to star in the role in a blockbuster film, following in the footsteps of Julia Roberts who played the part in 1991's Hook and Ludivine Sagnier in 2003's Peter Pan. This is Disney's second effort to diversify the casting of characters that have formerly been portrayed as white in their animated features, following the casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel for the upcoming live-action Little Mermaid.

In addition to Shahidi as Tinkerbell, Peter Pan & Wendy is also set to feature Jude Law as Captain Hook, Alexander Molony (The Reluctant Landlord) as Peter, and Ever Anderson (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter) as Wendy.

The movie will be written and directed by David Lowery, who previously worked with Disney on Pete's Dragon back in 2016. Lowery also wrote and directed the upcoming A24 film, The Green Knight, starring Dev Patel in a retelling of the medieval folktale about Sir Gawain, a knight of the round table.

Peter Pan & Wendy currently has no set release date but is expected to premiere in theaters, rather than the Disney+ streaming service, at some point in 2021.

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