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INTERVIEW – ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’ Star Alyssa Wapanatâhk

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Disney’s Peter Pan & Wendy, the live action retelling of Peter Pan, is set to release this week on Disney+. Directed by David Lowery, the film brings to life the classic story of Wendy Darling’s (Ever Anderson) adventure to Neverland with Peter Pan (Alexander Molony) and Tinker Bell (Yara Shahidi). Among Peter Pan’s crew of friends in Neverland is Tiger Lily (Alyssa Wapanatâhk), a warrior princess of Neverland’s Indigenous tribe. 

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Wapanatâhk about her role in the film. Wapanatâhk is of Cree heritage, and she spoke on creating representation for her community (Bigstone Cree First Nation). She talked about how her family and community are reacting to this film and her role as a huge moment for indigenous people, and how Tiger Lily has come a long way. Wapanatâhk also spoke about the importance of playing a character that a new generation will see themselves represented by. 

Watch the full interview below. Peter Pan & Wendy premieres on Disney+ this Friday, April 28, 2023!

POCculture.com Interview with Alyssa Wapanatâhk

ABOUT PETER PAN & WENDY

“Peter Pan & Wendy,” a live-action reimagining of the J.M. Barrie novel and the 1953 animated classic, will begin streaming April 28, 2023, exclusively on Disney+. Check out the teaser trailer and key art for the original movie directed by David Lowery (“The Green Knight,” “Pete’s Dragon”), and get ready to experience the timeless adventure featuring the beloved characters like never before. “Peter Pan & Wendy” introduces Wendy Darling, a young girl afraid to leave her childhood home behind, who meets Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to grow up. Alongside her brothers and a tiny fairy, Tinker Bell, she travels with Peter to the magical world of Neverland. There, she encounters an evil pirate captain, Captain Hook, and embarks on a thrilling and dangerous adventure that will change her life forever. 

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Jorgie is a pop culture fan and contributor at POCculture.com. He loves learning about visual effects, production, film, and art, and how they all come together to make films like Star Wars.

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