Two weeks ago reports surfaced that Disney’s live-action Peter Pan remake was moving forward and retitled Peter Pan & Wendy. With casting underway, we have learned additional information regarding Tiger Lily.
We have learned that the studio is looking to cast Native American or First Nations actresses ages 18 to 25 to play Tiger Lily (character will be 15/16 in the film). The character will also have a horse sidekick. Additionally the character will play a much larger role than portrayed in Disney’s animated version, which featured Tiger Lily in a more “damsel in distress” type of role.
Here is a quick breakdown of the character we’ve obtained:
Tiger Lily is indigenous to Neverland with a bow at her back, she is both a fierce warrior and a serene and benevolent leader who protects Neverland and the lost boys and girls from the dastardly Captain Hook. This character will speak in both English and a native language.
Peter Pan & Wendy will begin production this April in Canada and is expected to wrap in August.
David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon) is still on board to direct with Toby Halbrooks, who co-wrote Pete’s Dragon, is on board wrote the most recent draft for the film. Jim Whitaker (A Wrinkle In Time) will be producing the project alongside Joe Roth (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil) which is currently casting.
Back in 2018, we reported that the project could make its way to Disney+, and as far as we know that is still the case. However, Disney has declined to comment on that report as of now.
The Disney company is going to have a busy Spring 2020 as their live-action adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs begins filming in March, while The Little Mermaid will also begin filming April. As of now Disney has not announced the release date for these project but rest assured they are set.