NBC has found its Peter Pan. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the upcoming live musical will star an actress and singer not that well known to the viewing public.
She is Allison Williams, 26, who co-stars as Marnie Michaels on HBO’s “Girls.”
Christopher Walken has already joined the production as Captain Hook.
Said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment: “We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan. She’s a lovely rising star on the award-winning show ‘Girls’ — where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent — and we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook.”
Executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron added in a statement: “Allison Williams is a major find. She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, her warmth, her dynamic flying and her wonderful musical abilities. The score will be sung beautifully and introduced to a whole new generation of families.”
Williams will be working for the same network as her father, Brian Williams, who anchors “NBC Nightly News.”
Allison Williams commented: “I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true. It’s such an honor to be a part of this adventure, and I’m very excited to get to work with this extraordinarily talented team. And besides, what could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?”