Girls star Allison Williams will play Peter Pan in NBC’s second live television musical.
From Girls to a guy…Allison Williams has been cast by NBC to play Peter Pan, the classic story of a boy who never grew up. This will be the second live-action musical performance from NBC who featured The Sound of Music last year starring Carrie Underwood.
Williams stars in the television hit, Girls, in which she plays Marnie. The daughter of NBC nightly news anchor Brian Williams has been receiving more attention from the show and is excited about the theatrical doors being opened for her.
In a statement, Williams expresses her joy.
"I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true." She went on, "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?" she joked.
Peter Pan being portrayed by a woman is not uncommon. The musical traditionally features a female playing the part and before Williams, Miley Cyrus was rumored to have been considered for the role. Opposite Williams will be Christopher Walken in the part as Captain Hook.
Chairman of NBC Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt, released a statement regarding the casting decision.
"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."
We can’t wait to tune in!
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