Yara Shahidi Will Play "Tinkerbell" In Live-Action 'Peter Pan & Wendy' Film
Disney has cast Yara Shahidi as "Tinkerbell" in Peter Pan & Wendy. The upcoming film is a live-action update of the Peter Pan story, which we now know will feature Black-ish and Grown-ish star Shahidi in one of the film's key roles. Here's everything you need to know about Peter Pan & Wendy and Shahidi's historic casting.
Yara Shahidi is crossing over to the big screen for a key role in Peter Pan & Wendy. The star, best known from TV's Black-ish and Grown-ish, has been cast as "Tinkerbell" in Disney's upcoming live-action Peter Pan film.
Yara Shahidi cast as "Tinkerbell" in new Peter Pan movie
As EW reported, Shahidi will be the first woman of colour to play the Disney fairy on screen. She joins the 2021 live-action take on the classic Peter Pan story, which has so far also cast Jude Law as "Captain Hook" and child actors Ever Anderson as "Wendy" and Alexander Molony as "Peter."
It's also another of Disney's many live-action film updates. Most recently, classic titles including Mulan, Dumbo, and The Jungle Book have been remade, some also using digital animation. Others, such as Robin Hood, are also slated for the coming years.
Yara Shahidi from TV to movies: Peter Pan & Wendy
Shahidi is a 20-year-old American actress who's been appearing in films and TV series since she was a child. She's best known for work on The First Family and Black-ish — and its spin-off Grown-ish — for which she's earned an NAACP Image Award, a BET Award nomination, and multiple Teen Choice Award nominations.
Most recently, Shahidi appeared in 3Below and voiced "Melanie" in 2020 film Fearless. Disney's upcoming Peter Pan & Wendy film comes after the animated 1953 classic as well as Hook in the '90s and a 2003 adaptation titled Peter Pan.