Aw, y’all! Disney’s live action Peter Pan story, Tink, just found its fairy. Looks like Reese Witherspoon has signed on to play Tinkerbell, and we can’t imagine a more perfect option.
Tinkerbell might be one of the most well-loved and oft-adapted characters in Disney history. From her start as the magical, glowing fairy who seemed to only speak to Peter in J. M. Barrie’s original tale of Peter Pan, her popularity has continued to spiral upward. She’s been nothing but a bell and high-powered flashlight in the stage version to a temperamental sass-face in the Disney animated classic. Later, in the much-loved Hook, from Steven Spielberg, she was played by none other than Julia Roberts. Thanks to fond memories of the film, the Roberts version seems to be most millennials’ favorite. Something tells us that’s all about to change, though.
It makes sense Witherspoon would end up taking the lead. She’s not only the very embodiment of Tink, with her precocious smile and perfectly blond locks, but she was already tied to the film. While little else is known about the film as of yet, we do know that Witherspoon is set to produce the film under her own production company, Pacific Standard. We also know that Victoria Strouse has been tapped to write the script. You may not know much about Strouse, but here’s a bit of insight: She’s currently working on the Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. If Disney trusts her with one of its most anticipated sequels of all time, we can trust her with Tink.
Tink is far from the first live adaptation of a classic. We’ve already had Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Maleficent and Cinderella. And, aside from Tink, Disney has a few more live versions coming down the pipeline, including Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh (what?!), The Jungle Book, an Alice in Wonderland sequel and, yes, Beauty and the Beast.
Oh, man, We’re stoked.