Before it became synonymous with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its array of films such as Avengers, Disney was synonymous with bringing classic fairy tales to the screen. Although it is no longer its bread and butter, the entertainment behemoth still brings fairy tales to life.
Now, as originally announced in 2016, the company is finally set to release a live-action adaptation of the classic Peter Pan children’s tale titled Peter Pan & Wendy to its streaming platform Disney Plus this coming March. Ahead of its release, the company has released the film’s first official trailer.
The one-and-three-quarter-minute-long trailer opens with protagonist Wendy Darling searching for her siblings – Michael and John Darling – after they arrive in Neverland. She comes upon the Lost Boys who introduce themselves and tell her their individual stories. The trailer also shows how Wendy and her siblings got to go on their adventure. Further, it provides a first look at Jude Law’s Captain Hook and teases some mouthwatering fight scenes.
The film’s official synopsis reads, "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."
Peter Pan & Wendy is based on the eponymous 1904 play by J. M Barrie and is a direct adaptation of the 1953 Disney animated film Peter Pan. It stars Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson as the characters Peter Pan and Wendy respectively. Apart from Jude Law, it also features Yara Shahidi, Alyssa Wapanatâhk, Joshua Pickering, Jacobu Jupe, and Jim Gaffigan as Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily, John Darling, Michael Darling, and Mr. Smee respectively.
The film is directed by David Lowery based on a screenplay he co-wrote with Toby Halbrooks, who also serves as executive producer alongside Thomas M. Hammel and Adam Borba.
In other Disney news, Kevin Feige recently revealed that the company’s streaming platform, Disney Plus, will see fewer Marvel television series going forward, as the pace at which they are releasing shows on the platform will change.
Also, reinstated CEO Bob Iger revealed last month that they are developing sequels to some of their highly successful animated films in Zootopia, Frozen, and Toy Story. The company’s decision to bring these projects back for another installment is hardly a surprise given the fact that its recent animated projects have been underwhelming.
By the way, Peter Pan & Wendy is not the only live-action remake that Disney is looking to release in 2023. The Hollywood heavyweight is also set to release a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid on May 26, 2023. Furthermore, Disney has confirmed it will launch live-action remakes of Snow White and Mufasa: The Lion King on March 22 and July 5, 2024, respectively.
Peter Pan & Wendy will arrive on Disney+ on April 28, 2023.