17 years after famously losing out on the role of Pirates of the Caribbean’s Will Turner to Orlando Bloom, Jude Law is finally getting a chance to sail the seven seas. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is in talks to play the infamous Captain Hook in Disney’s live-action Peter Pan & Wendy.
The latest in Disney’s maddeningly successful series of remakes of classic cartoons, Peter Pan & Wendy updates the 1953 animated feature. David Lowery, who also helmed the studio’s supremely under-appreciated Pete’s Dragon in 2016, is directing from a script he co-wrote with his frequent partner Toby Halbrooks. The pair also shared writing credits on Pete’s Dragon, while Halbrooks produced Lowery’s The Old Man & the Gun and the coronavirus-delayed The Green Knight.
Of course, this is far from the first live-action take on Peter Pan. Dustin Hoffman played the title character in Steven Spielberg’s maligned-yet-beloved 1991 film Hook, and Jason Isaacs took on the role for 2003’s Peter Pan. Pan, which starred Hugh Jackman as an over-the-top Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund as a nascent Hook, was largely panned in 2015.
Peter Pan & Wendy looks to be aiming for a theatrical release instead of a Disney+ debut. It follows a line of successful live-action adaptations from Disney, including last year’s $1 billion-earners Aladdin and The Lion King. Both films — along with the rest of the cation-to-live-action movies — are currently streaming on Disney+, which you can sign up for now. If you already have the streamer or want even more options, you can add Hulu and ESPN+ for just $6 more a month.