Yara Shahidi joins Disney's live-action 'Peter Pan and Wendy' as Tinkerbell

Taryn Ryder
·Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
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Watch: Yara Shahidi cast as Tinkerbell in Disney’s live-action ‘Peter Pan’

Peter Pan has his Tinkerbell.

Yara Shahidi will play the iconic Disney character in the studio’s live-action film, Peter Pan and Wendy. The 20-year-old joins up and coming actors Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson, who will play Peter and Wendy respectively.

Anderson is the 12-year-old daughter of Resident Evil actress, Milla Jovovich. Meanwhile, Jude Law will put his own spin on Captain Hook.

Yara Shahidi has been cast in Disney's Peter Pan & Wendy.
Yara Shahidi has been cast in Disney's Peter Pan and Wendy. (Photo: Reuters)

The Grown-ish star excitedly confirmed the news on Instagram, writing, “lettssssgooooo.”

Shahidi has been acting since she was a child, but shot to fame in 2014 on ABC’s Black-ish. On the film side, she starred in last year’s adaptation of the teen romance novel The Sun Is Also a Star.

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Peter Pan and Wendy is based on Disney’s 1953 animated movie and will be directed by David Lowery, who also co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks. Lowery previously directed Disney’s live action remake of Pete’s Dragon, released in 2016.

Peter Pan, poster, top from left: Michael Darling, John Darling, Wendy Darling, Tinkerbell, , bottom right: Mr Smee, 1953. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)
Peter Pan, poster, top from left: Michael Darling, John Darling, Wendy Darling, Tinkerbell, , bottom right: Mr Smee, 1953. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)

In Steven Spielberg’s 1991 film Hook, Tinkerbell was portrayed by Julia Roberts.

Other live action remakes Disney currently have in production include Cruella, a 101 Dalmatians origin story with Emma Stone in the title role which hits cinemas in 2021, and The Little Mermaid with Halle Bailey as Ariel, which is in production in London now.

In various stages of development are remakes of Snow White, Bambi, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pinocchio and Hercules.

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