Yara Shahidi Cast As Tinkerbell In Disney’s Live-Action ‘Peter Pan’ Remake, 1st Person Of Color To Play The Role
Yara Shahidi is adding another major role to her growing list of projects.
She will play Tinker Bell in the upcoming Peter Pan and Wendy, making her the first person of color to land the role.
She shared her excitement on Instagram with an artistic photo of Tinkerbell and the caption:
“Thank you for all of the love. It, truly, means so much to me … I’m excited for this next adventure!”
Her “Grown-ish” co-star Halle Bailey made similar history when she was cast as Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
Yara Shahidi’s new role is the latest in her recent major moves. In July, she signed a deal with ABC Studios and launched a production company, 7th Sun, with her mother and business partner Keri Shahidi.
Together, they’ll be developing scripted and unscripted projects through their company.
Yara Shahidi said in the statement:
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with my home family, ABC Studios, in this exciting next chapter, alongside my family. It’s exciting to add our production company to the roster of my peers and mentors who are also actively committed to sharing meaningful stories.”
“We can’t wait to extend and expand our relationship with the incredibly talented Yara Shahidi, who has been a member of the family since Black-ish. When she’s not studying at Harvard and starring in our series Grown-ish, she’s mentoring and inspiring other young people, which makes us all feel like underachievers but also very proud that she’s part of our studio.”