Since D23 Expo last year, Disney fans have been treated to a variety of new releases and new updates that have been dropping one by one. From news about the soon-to-come Haunted Mansion movie to the Lion King prequel. Back in September 2022, Disney released the first look at an upcoming live-action remake of a classic, beloved film—Peter Pan & Wendy, now, the Mouse House has dropped the first trailer, and fans are incredibly excited.
The movie went into development in 2016, and Disney officially announced its title in January 2020. With a cast that includes stars like Jude Law (Captain Hook), Alexander Molony (Peter Pan), Jim Gaffigan (Mr. Smee), Yara Shahidi (Tinker Bell), Alyssa Wapanatâhk (Tiger Lily), and more, the film follows Wendy Darling, “a young girl afraid to leave her childhood home behind,” Peter Pan, “a boy who refuses to grow up.”
Check out the teaser trailer below:
Director David Lowry shared about the movie, “In making Peter Pan & Wendy, we set out to craft a film that honors both the original J.M. Barrie text and Walt Disney’s animated adaptation; we wanted to invigorate our retelling with emotional sincerity, an open heart, and a grand yearning for adventure.”
Fans expressed an appreciation for Disney tackling their past representation of the Neverland tribe—a depiction based on Native Americans—by owning up to it and “fixing” it. Disney has received much backlash over their representation of the Neverland tribe in the past. They were also thrilled to catch the first look at actress Yara Shahidi who plays Tinker Bell in the upcoming feature.
I'm happy that Tiger Lily and her tribe are showing up in Peter and Wendy. Because fixing something can be a lot better than outright avoiding it like Disney's done since the early 2000s in Peter Pan media. If you're WB, you do MUCH worse & white wash the character. pic.twitter.com/cRJ2WNNILw
— JennytheGeek (@JentheGeek) February 28, 2023
On the subject of the amount of work that went into the film, Lowery also added, “Hundreds of incredible artists spent many years bringing this film to the screen; I’m excited for audiences to see their work, to go on this ride, and to rediscover an evergreen tale from a new perspective.”
The Peter Pan & Wendy trailer has many fans incredibly excited for the upcoming movie. It is set to premiere on Disney+ on April 28, 2023.