Peter Pan First Look: Allison Williams as The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up

NBC’s Today on Wednesday morning released the first official photo of Allison Williams as the star of Peter Pan Live! — does it fly with you?

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The Girls star and classically trained singer will bring to life the titular Neverland rascal in the live Dec. 4 broadcast, while film vet Christopher Walken… will play… the infamous Captain Hook.

The musical’s cast thus far also includes Christian Borle (Smash, The Sound of Music Live!), pulling double duty as Mr. Darling and Smee.

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46 Comments
  1. hello says:

    He’s hot

  2. Shazay says:

    I don’t like seeing Marnie as a boy!! I hope they can pull this off. I’m not as interested as I was in the Sound of Music, but we’ll see. I might watch if its not up against anything good.

  3. J says:

    She…kind of looks like…a young version of her dad.

    This is a very weird feeling I’m feeling.

  4. L says:

    I never understood why they cast girls as Peter Pan… cant they find a teenage boy to play the part? Its just too weird.

  5. dee123 says:

    She kind of looks like Armie Hammer

  6. Drew says:

    Nay. Not only is the costume kinda girly, but I still say that they should have gotten a young boy for this project. It is not a stage production, it is a TV production.
    And I don’t think that the Mr. Darling/Smee dual role works. There was a reason why the same actor played Mr. Darling and Hook. Now what is the meaning behind the casting? That when you grow up you’re not in charge of anything, you’re always someone else’s b–ch? Not really the point of the story.

    It is so easy to get this right. Why are they trying to mess it up?

  7. Denise Rambo says:

    Still disappointed it’s not Kristen Bell.

  8. The notion of casting a woman to play Pan is outdated. The 2003 film did it right and it was great.

    • S. says:

      The 2003 film was not a version of the stage play. It was based on the book and was not a musical. The musical Peter Pan benefits from having an adult act as if they were a child refusing to grow up. It leaves the impression that Peter’s psychology is what’s keeping that from happening, rather than the aging of his body. The body being older removes the ‘he’ll be different when he gets older.’ You can’t have a man playing that as having Peter sing as a guy with a voice change basically makes it hard to leave the impression that there’s anything other than a really immature man there plus the body’s just gonna have a harder time not looking overly mature. You can’t really sympathize. A woman playing the part gives the body age and keeps the vocal range of a boy who’s yet to become a man. People really need to let it go. This is one of the roles on the stage where a woman is actually the lead of the whole thing. By all means, let’s let a young boy take one of those away. God knows we need more tweens getting work.

  9. Bruce_F says:

    Yikes. This pic looks like something you’d find on the Awkward Family Photos website.

  10. CBWBDK1 says:

    One of the worst peter pan’s i’ve ever seen! That outfit is hoorible!!

  11. Delante says:

    Major dislike! I don’t know why they felt the need to change it from the traditional outfit! It honestly looks like a girl dressing up like a boy. I’m not supposed to get that feeling! Fishnet sleeves? Come on now!

    • Mo says:

      I don’t have a problem with the costume. It’s not like the Mary Martin version is sacrosanct. Different productions do their own versions of costumes all the time. (Please look up “Peter Pan in Ahoy Rotterdam” if you want to see a really non-traditional costume.) Maybe they were trying to do something different from the Disney and ABC Once Upon A Time look?

  12. Kelly says:

    Is it just me, or does she now look like that kid from American Idol from last season. Just wondering.

  13. Keeter says:

    Now THAT’s funny!

  14. Jakay says:

    Oh dear. That’s not good.

  15. rachelle says:

    She looks like a girl dressed as a boy.

  16. Jane says:

    I don’t really care if Peter Pan is played by a man or a woman but I do think the costume is too feminine. Also, would it have killed her to work out a little and get some definition in those super skinny arms and legs?

  17. TinLV says:

    I wish people would get over the “but she’s a girl” thing.. Stage productions ( and films of them) have always had a girl playing Peter Pan.. it started because the riggings used to “fly” the character around were small and only fit a girl in the original production, but over the years it has become a tradition for the role to be played by a female. .

    • Drew says:

      It’s not a stage production.

      • James says:

        It’s pantomime.

      • S. says:

        It’s a stage production on tv. You really seem overly invested in complaining about it for some reason. It is being staged with consideration for where the cameras are and for commercial breaks but it is live and on a soundstage as if the stage play. Stop with the semantics and get over it. A woman has the role. I can only assume some issue with gender norms has you bent out of shape. Watching the all male performance of Twelfth Night on Broadway would’ve really messed with your head.

  18. Matty says:

    This seems like its going to be a disaster. I don’t get why they can’t cast a male in this role?

  19. Cory says:

    Christian Borle playing Mr. Darling and Smee? Tradition is that the same actor who plays Mr. Darling, please Captain Hook…. And why must we have a female playing Pan? It is possible for a male to do it. If anyone has seen the fantastic production of Peter and the Star Catcher will be able to agree.

    • S. says:

      Zzz on the boy as Pan griping. Never will be in this version of the show, let it go. Frozen style. By all means take a traditionally female-cast lead role away. Totally a ton of those available. It’s bad enough that it’s hard for women to get those kinds of parts currently, but people get hung up on only the type of person the character is should get to play them–I guess no gay people should play straight roles? There are plenty of straight people that could do it, right? See how that makes no sense. They’re actors. They can act like a boy while having a greater sense of wordliness. The bigger and more valid complaint is the Mr. Darling/Smee situation. I can only assume they felt Borle wasn’t a big enough star to take the Hook role for the purposes of ratings. That right there is the bigger problem. Carrie Underwood wasn’t great but I get why they did it. It makes less less with Hook. Cast someone who can do them both and has a name. Surely that person exists.

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