Disney has been making live-action versions of their animated classics for a long time. The next one is on the way. Peter Pan & Wendy, a remake of the 1953 animated movie about a boy who didn’t want to grow up, will come out next year.
The remake is getting more attention now that the official teaser and poster have been shown at Disney’s D23 event. Unlike other Disney remakes, Peter Pan has already been made into a live-action movie. Hook, which came out in 1991 and starred Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman, is probably the most popular and successful. Peter Pan from 2003 and Pan from 2015 are two other live-action movies in Neverland. But those were not made by Disney. Peter Pan & Wendy is considered the “official” live-action remake of the animated classic by Disney.
So, what do we know about the latest Disney movie that will be remade in live-action? What will the story be about, and how closely will it stick to the original plot? Who has been chosen to play the roles? Where and when will the movie come out? What else do people need to know about Peter Pan and Wendy?
The Storyline Of Peter Pan And Wendy
From what I can tell from the summary, Peter Pan & Wendy will be a faithful remake of the original animated movie. How closely Disney’s live-action remakes stick to the original story has been different each time. Some of them, like The Lion King, Dumbo, Mulan, and Aladdin, is based on the original story. Others opt for the spin-off route, focusing on villains or side characters from the original, such as Maleficent and Cruella.
From the title alone, it looks like Peter Pan & Wendy may fall between the two. We can expect it to follow the animated film’s plot, with a greater emphasis on Wendy, giving her more depth than the original. She has the same name as Peter, so this new movie will probably be more about their relationship. It is also expected to update some original parts that haven’t held up well over time, like how the Native Americans were shown and how the Lost Boys differed. At this point, this is just a guess, and no plot details have been confirmed. We will probably not know the exact plot details until the movie comes out.
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Peter Pan And Wendy 2023: Date of Release
Even though there was much talk about the movie at D23, no official release date was given. Peter Pan & Wendy’s will be available to watch on Disney+ sometime in 2023. The decision to release straight to streaming might seem strange, as Disney has seen successes at the box office with their live-action remakes.
Some have made more than $1 billion worldwide, like The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. Others, like Dumbo and Cruella, did not do as well, but Cruella’s low return was because it came out simultaneously on Disney+ and in a small number of theatres because of Covid. Mulan, which came out in 2020, was the same.
Lady and the Tramp and Pinocchio received exclusive Disney+ releases, so this strategy is not entirely new. It’s possible that Disney wants to avoid a box office bomb like Dumbo. However, given how iconic Peter Pan is, the film could have been a box-office success. If you want to watch all these live-action remakes, maybe Disney+ is the way to go. Most likely, we’ll never know the real reason.
Peter Pan & Wendy 2023: Who Is Playing Peter Pan And Wendy?
Two new child actors got the leading roles at Disney. New Zealander Alexander Molony will play Peter, and Wendy will be played by Milla Jovovich’s daughter, Ever Anderson. Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi will join them as Tinker Bell, Peter Pan’s fairy best friend, and Jude Law as the main antagonist Captain Hook.
Alyssa Wapanatahk, a Cree Nation member from Canada, plays Tiger Lily, an Indian princess in Neverland. From her 1953 look, this version of Tiger Lily is also being “modernised.” Jim Gaffigan, who is funny, will play Mr Smee, Captain Hook’s loyal first mate.
Alan Tudyk from Rogue One plays George Darling, the father of Wendy, John, and Michael. Molly Parker from House of Cards plays Mary Darling, their mother. Joshua Pickering and Jacobi Jupe, new to the show, will play John and Michael Darling. People have talked about who might play the Lost Boys in the new movie, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. More information about the cast will likely come out in the coming weeks and months.