Will This NEW Look At ‘Peter Pan And Wendy’ Win Over Haters?

Peter Pan and Wendy
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Audiences have a lot to say about the new Peter Pan live-action adaptation starring Alexander Molony as Peter Pan, Ever Gabo Anderson as Wendy Darling, and Jude Law as Captain Hook. Most of the buzz centers around the diverse casting choices, especially Tinker Bell, played by black actress Yara Shahidi. Comments have also arisen over the casting of Noah Matthews Matofsky, an actor with Down’s Syndrome.

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In a featurette released by Disney on April 17, audiences were given a chance to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the production, inspiring them to get on board with the film. See it below:

What makes Peter Pan And Wendy different? (other than the casting)

Director David Lowery was determined to “investigate a new way to tell this story.” Audiences can expect this Peter Pan story to be told from Wendy’s perspective, with a “deliciously evil” Captain Hook delivered by Law, and include an exploration of the hate between Hook and Pan. From various trailers and this sneak peek, Neverland seems to take a mature turn, with higher stakes and more drama.

Peter Pan and Wendy

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What does the cast have to say?

Alexander Molony (Peter Pan):

It was so much fun filming this movie, with all the pirates, all the Lost Boys.

Ever Gabo Anderson (Wendy Darling):

The fact that we all had this connection really brings it to life.

Yara Shahidi (Tinker Bell):

You get the magic of what we love about the original, but in this rendition, there’s more stories to tell.

Jude Law (Captain Hook):

It’s this incredible story that never ceases to amaze. What David’s done, that’s remarkable, is he’s made it more human, more possible.

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Should you stream it?

Lowery concludes, “Everyday was a joy bringing this film to the screen. Our goal was to give audiences who love Peter Pan everything that they want.” It’s a tall order to give fans everything they want, but this featurette suggests the film will be full of the adventure and large-scale action Lowrey promises. The CGI, set design, and costumes look breathtaking. Even from short clips, the acting performances look formidable and moving. If you are looking for a magical experience, it looks like Peter Pan and Wendy will deliver.

Peter Pan and Wendy

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The cast also includes Jim Gaffigan as Mr. Smee, Alyssa Wapanatâhk as Tiger Lilly, and Alan Tudyk as Mr. Darling.

Peter Pan and Wendy hits Disney Plus on April 28, 2023. As Tiger Lilly says, “Where you go from here is up to you.”

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!