Walt Disney Studios is gearing up for production on their live-action adaptation of Peter Pan, titled Peter Pan and Wendy. With casting currently underway, the studio is looking to add some big names onto the project.
The Illuminerdi has exclusively learned that Disney offered Birds of Prey star Margot Robbie the role of Tinker Bell, Peter Pan’s longtime sidekick. It should be noted at this time, only an offer has been sent out and it is unclear if she has had any formal discussion with the studio.
We also obtained a breakdown of the classic character:
Peter’s partner-in-crime and voice of reason with the voice of a million tiny bells, Tink helps the Darlings avoid danger during their Neverland adventure. When Peter, the Darlings, and/or the Lost Boys are in trouble, she uses her magical powers to save the day.
It is unknown if this iteration of Tinker Bell has anything to do with the long-in-development Tinker Bell origin film that Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde) was previously attached to, but it sounds like she’ll have a lot to do with the original Disney interpretation of the character.
Tinker Bell Makes Magic In Peter Pan And Wendy
Tinker Bell has been a staple for the Walt Disney Company for over 65 years, making her debut appearance in the 1953 animated film. Her character was a major standout in Peter Pan and fans took notice, as she went on to be featured in many Walt Disney ventures. This included appearances on television in the form of the show Disneyland, which was done to promote the theme park Walt Disney was hoping to complete. In addition, she was on Walt Disney Presents, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, and finally, The Wonderful World of Disney.
Tinker Bell has continued her flight during Disneyland’s fireworks and remains one of the most loved Disney characters. The character has since had her own straight to DVD animated films released, and even appeared in ABC’s reimagining of famous fairy tales, Once Upon A Time.
Peter Pan And Wendy will be directed by David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon), and Toby Halbrooks is co-writing along with him. Jim Whitaker will produce, and the production is expected to begin on April 13th in Vancouver and wrap towards the end of August. There have been reports that the film could land Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, but that has yet to be confirmed.