Get ready for a trip back to Neverland — Peter Pan is headed to your screen again soon! Disney+ is gearing up for a brand-new live-action film about the boy who won’t grow up, and production on the film has officially begun, according to a March 2021 statement from the streaming service.
Set to be titled Peter Pan & Wendy, according to Variety, the upcoming flick will be the fourth remake of the original 1953 animated classic based off a J.M. Barrie novel that followed a young boy who brought young children to the magical world of Neverland. It has since been reimagined into movies like 2003’s Peter Pan, Hook and Pan.
This particular version “is the timeless tale of a young girl who, defying her parents’ wishes to attend boarding school, travels with her two younger brothers to the magical Neverland. There, she meets a boy who refuses to grow up, a tiny fairy and an evil pirate captain, and they soon find themselves on a thrilling and dangerous adventure far, far away from their family and the comforts of home,” a statement read, per Just Jared Jr.
When revealing that the flick would be headed to the streaming service, Disney dropped a first look at what fans can expect to see once Peter Pan & Wendy officially premieres. Director David Lowery shared his excitement for the film in a statement.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) December 11, 2020
Get ready, because a truly star-studded cast — including Yara Shahidi as the first-ever Black woman to play Tinker Bell — is set to bring these magical characters to life. Deadline first reported that the Grown-ish actress would play the sassy fairy in September 2020. She also confirmed the news with an Instagram post. “Thank you for all of the love. It, truly, means so much to me,” Yara wrote alongside an artist’s drawing of her as Tinker Bell. “I’m excited for this next adventure!”
While chatting with Entertainment Tonight in July 2021, the actress said “it’s been really fun bringing [the movie] to life and pretending to be five inches tall.”
Yara isn’t the only famous face headed to the big screen in this upcoming Peter Pan remake. Scroll through our gallery to meet the full cast!
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