Yara Shahidi’s got an exciting new gig.
The actress and activist is slated to take on the role of Tinkerbell in Disney’s Peter Pan and Wendy, the studio’s latest live-action adaptation.
According to Variety, Shahidi will join a cast featuring Jude Law as Captain Hook, Alexander Molony as Peter Pan and Ever Anderson as Wendy.
David Lowery will direct and co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks. Jim Whitaker is slated to produce.
Shahidi currently stars on ABC’s Black-ish, acts and produces Freeform’s Grown-ish, and recently signed an overall deal with ABC Studios. She also recently led the YA drama The Sun Is Also a Star.
With the new role in Peter Pan and Wendy, Shahidi becomes the first Black woman to play Tinkerbell on-screen.
The move comes as Disney is attempting to diversify their casting. Shahidi’s Grown-ish co-star Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Additionally, Niles Fitch was cast as the studio’s first live-action Black prince in Secret Society of Second-Born Royals on Disney Plus.
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