Jude Law, the English actor who played Dr Watson in the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, began shooting Disney’s live-action fantasy film, Peter Pan and Wendy, in Vancouver on Wednesday.
Based on JM Barrie’s novel Peter and Wendy and inspired by the 1953 animated classic, Peter Pan & Wendy will premiere on Disney+ in 2022, as per a statement released by Disney. Law will be playing Captain Hook in the film.
Directed by David Lowery, the film will also star Yara Shahidi as Tinkerbell, Ever Anderson as Wendy, Alexander Molony as Peter Pan, Molly Parker as Mrs Darling, Alan Tudyk as Mr Darling, newcomers Joshua Pickering as John, Jacobi Jupe as Michael, Alyssa Wapanatâhk as Tiger Lily, and Jim Gaffigan as Smee.
“Peter Pan has long been one of my favourite stories, partially because I’ve always resisted growing up, but also because of the heart, adventure and imagination that makes JM Barrie’s original tale so evergreen,” David Lowery said in a statement.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to redefine his iconic characters for a new generation – and even more excited that I get to do so with such an exceptional cast and crew,” he said.
As per Disney’s synopsis, the film is the “timeless tale of a young girl who, defying her parents’ wishes to attend boarding school, travels with her two younger brothers to the magical Neverland. There, she meets a boy who refuses to grow up, a tiny fairy and an evil pirate captain, and they soon find themselves on a thrilling and dangerous adventure far, far away from their family and the comforts of home.”
Peter Pan and Wendy will be produced by Jim Whitaker, who has earlier collaborated with Lowery on 2016’s Pete’s Dragon.
The decision to release Peter Pan and Wendy directly on the OTT platform comes as an addition to the streaming giant’s list of projects pushed for direct-to-consumer strategy in order to increase its paid subscriber base. According to a Collider report, after the release and success of films like Mulan and Soul, Disney has decided to shift some of its key premieres to the digital platform. These include the upcoming releases Cruella, and Pinocchio.