Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – “Girls” star Allison Williams will play the titular role in NBC’s live adaptation of “Peter Pan,” it was announced on Wednesday.
In a statement, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said, “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 agreed, saying 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.”
Meanwhile, Williams, who shared that it has always been her dream to play Peter Pan, said, “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?”
The three-hour live television adaptation of James M. Barrie’s classic tale is scheduled to air on December 4, 2014, as a follow-up of last year’s “The Sound of Music Live!”