Peter Pan Live-Action Movie Begins Production

Disney is giving another of its animated classics a live-action update!

Peter Pan & Wendy
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

Production has begun in Vancouver on “Peter Pan & Wendy,” which will be directed by David Lowery (“Pete’s Dragon”). “Peter Pan has long been one of my favorite stories, partially because I’ve always resisted growing up, but also because of the heart, adventure, and imagination that makes J.M. Barrie’s original tale so evergreen,” says Lowery. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to redefine his iconic characters for a new generation – and even more excited that I get to do so with such an exceptional cast and crew.”

Jude Law, Yara Shahidi, Ever Anderson, Alexander Molony and Jim Gaffigan Star in the Adventure/Fantasy Directed by David Lowery for Disney+.

Academy Award nominee Jude Law joins a long line of revered actors like Dustin Hoffman and Jason Isaacs in taking up the role of Captain Hook. Previously considered actors for the role were Will Smith, Adam Driver, and Joaquin Phoenix; Along side Law will be Yara Shahidi (“Grown-ish”) as Tinkerbell; Ever Anderson (“Black Widow”) as Wendy; Alexander Molony (“The Reluctant Landlord”) as Peter Pan.

Rounding out the cast are newcomers Joshua Pickering as John; Jacobi Jupe as Michael and Alyssa Wapanatâhk as Tiger Lily; and comedian Jim Gaffigan (“The Jim Gaffigan Show”) as Smee.

Will be on Disney+ next year!

This will be the seventh live-action adaptation of the nearly 120-year-old tale. Steven Spielberg’s 1991 Hook saw Robin Williams as Peter Pan, who has forgotten his magical childhood to be lured back to Neverland by Captain Hook, played by Dustin Hoffman. For his performance, Hoffman landed a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.
2003’s Peter Pan was a more faithful adaptation of the original play, starring Jason Isaacs as Hook and Jeremy Sumpter as Peter Pan.

Though the film received positive reviews, it underperformed at the box office. Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson originally auditioned for the role of Wendy, though Ludivine Sagnier landed the part. The new live-action remake will be a direct adaptation of the 1953 film. Peter Pan was the 14th Disney animated feature. It was followed by the theatrical sequel, Peter Pan: Return to Neverland, in 2002. You can catch the new movie on Disney+ next year!

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