Jude Law is currently in talks to play the iconic villain in Disney’s upcoming live-action Peter Pan film entitled Peter Pan & Wendy, according to a report by Variety.
The adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s novel will be directed by David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon) with a script he co-wrote with Toby Halbrooks, and the film will be produced by Jim Whitaker.
The 1953 animated film told the story of Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to grow up, and who whisks away three children, Wendy, John and Michael, to a magical realm called Neverland, where they experience many adventures including a clash with the nefarious Captain Hook. Hook was voiced by American comedian Hans Conried.
Peter Pan has had other live-action adaptations over the years including Steven Spielberg’s Hook where the title character was played by Dustin Hoffman, P.J. Hogan’s Peter Pan where Hook was played by Jason Isaacs, and the controversial Joe Wright 2015 film Pan, with Hugh Jackman as the pirate captain.
Disney’s most recent live-action versions of their animated classics, Aladdin and The Lion King, enjoyed box office success. Sadly, The release of the much-anticipated live-action Mulan has been delayed due to the global pandemic but early critical reception has been favorable.
Jude Law is no stranger to playing an iconic fictional character, having recently starred as the young Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Peter Pan & Wendy is expected to be released in theaters and not streamed exclusively on Disney+ but no release date has been announced so far.