Here’s a synopsis for the film per Disney:
“Peter Pan & Wendy introduces Wendy Darling, a young girl afraid to leave her childhood home behind, who meets Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to grow up. Alongside her brothers and a tiny fairy, Tinker Bell, she travels with Peter to the magical world of Neverland. There, she encounters an evil pirate captain, Captain Hook, and embarks on a thrilling and dangerous adventure that will change her life forever.”
In the trailer, we see Wendy (Ever Anderson) arrive on the shores of Neverland, where the Lost Boys greet her. Another shot features the Darling children — Wendy, John (Joshua Pickering) and Michael (Jacobi Jupe) — as they meet Peter Pan (Alexander Molony) for the first time. The trailer also showcases Yara Shahidi as Tinker Bell, Peter’s trusted companion; Jim Gaffigan as Smee; Alyssa Wapanatâhk as Tiger Lily; Molly Parker as Mrs. Darling; Alan Tudyk as Mr. Darling and Jude Law as the malevolent Captain Hook.
This first look seems to capture the essence of J.M. Barrie’s work, especially with Wendy’s remark to her mother about how she’s afraid of growing up.
Peter Pan first appeared in Barrie’s 1902 novel The Little White Bird. A play entitled Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, penned by Barrie, followed hot on its heels in 1904. Barrie adapted and expanded the play into a novel in 1911, Peter and Wendy. His seminal work has spawned countless adaptations over the decades, including a silent film in 1924, the 1953 Disney animated movie, 1991’s Robin Williams-led Hook and the 2003 flick Peter Pan, starring Jeremy Sumpter as the titular character.
I grew up watching the 1953 animated film, Hook and 2003’s Peter Pan. The latter was a staple of my generation’s adolescence. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t carry a torch for Sumpter’s version of Peter. This reimagining looks like the perfect adaptation for a new generation to enjoy a classic yet timely tale of embracing childlike wonderment.
Check out the poster and the trailer below. Brace yourself for a magical trip to Neverland when the film premieres on April 28, 2023, only on Disney Plus.
Are you excited about this iteration of J.M. Barrie’s definitive work? Sound off in the comments below!
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