Yara Shahidi, currently known for her role on ABC’s Black-ish, is looking forward to playing the iconic sidekick, Tinker Bell, in the upcoming live-action film, Peter Pan and Wendy.
In a recent interview with Variety on the Red Carpet for the MTV Movie and TV Awards, Shahidi expressed her excitement for her version of Tinker Bell.
“You know, Tinker Bell is really fun,” Shahidi told Variety. “I think what I like the most about this take is that Tinker Bell is coming with a lot of agency, you know? She may be a famous sidekick, but I love the fact that she is driven and motivated in her own ways. I don’t want to give too much up, but I’m really looking forward to this adaptation.”
And when the Black-ish star was asked what Tinker Bell would look like for the upcoming live-action film, Shahidi didn’t want to give up that piece of information just yet. “I can’t say! I can’t say! But I did wear the dress recently,” she said. “Yeah, I did wear the dress recently and it’s really cool.”
Variety Tweeted the interview clip along with the caption:
Yara Shahidi's Tinkerbell will have agency. "She may be a famous sidekick, but I love the fact that she is driven and motivated in her own ways" #MTVAwards https://t.co/CTimzb6F6W pic.twitter.com/nLdrzGX8X1
— Variety (@Variety) May 17, 2021
Yara Shahidi will be joining the star-studded cast of Jude Law as Captain Hook, Ever Anderson as Wendy, and Alexander Molnoy as Peter Pan.
David Lowery, known for directing Pete’s Dragon, will be directing the upcoming live-action Peter Pan film alongside Toby Halbrooks, known for co-writing Pete’s Dragon. In production is Jim Whitaker, known for his work on A Wrinkle In Time, and Joe Roth, known for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
Inside the Magic will continue to update you as we get more information relating to casting for other major roles for the upcoming film.
Additionally, in 2019 Disney announced that Halle Bailey will play Ariel in the upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid. This shows that the company is making the decision to cast Black actresses as characters who are typically animated as a white woman. With Disney casting Shahidi to play Tinker Bell it looks as though Disney is continuing the trend of diversity.
The company also recently introduced a fifth key to Cast Member training — Inclusion.
Are you excited to see the upcoming Peter Pan and Wendy live-action film? How do you feel about Yara Shahidi taking on the role of Tinker Bell? Let us know in the comments below.