Allison Williams has landed the title role in NBC’s Peter Pan Live! musical. The network made the announcement in a statement early Wednesday, noting that they “couldn’t be happier” with Allison’s appointment. If the responses across the Twitterverse are any indication, however, the casting is already stirring up a lil’ gender-bending controversy.
Peacock suits are hoping to duplicate the unlikely ratings success of last winter’s critically-panned production of The Sound of Music Live! The project which featured a green Carrie Underwood in the famous role of singing nanny to the tribe of Von Trapp children.
In addition to being the daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, Allison is a skilled vocalist, who has recorded several songs as her character Marnie on the HBO hit Girls. But, if you ask eagle-eyed and sharp-tongued social networkers, that hardly qualifies the bright-eyed beauty for the infamous role of the little boy who refused to grow up.
are people seriously mad that a girl is playing peter pan. do people not know it's almost ALWAYS a girl in stage productions
— nice_mustard (@nice_mustard) July 30, 2014
The number of tequila shots I will need to watch Peter Pan Live just increased exponentially.
— Robin (@robinathefirst) July 30, 2014
Now they aren't just casting chicks as Peter Pan, they're casting hot chicks as Peter Pan. This has gone too far, America.
— Doug Fresh (@Doug_E_Licious) July 30, 2014
THINK LOVELY THOUGHTS: Allison Williams plays Peter Pan as Marnie. The Darling children end up on crack in a loft in Bushwick.
— AnnoyingActorFriend (@Actor_Friend) July 30, 2014
Marnie is going to be Peter Pan? LOL
— Calvin (@aurosan) July 30, 2014
Don't get me wrong, I love Allison Williams…..but not as Peter Pan.
— Sabrina (@ritaskarmy) July 30, 2014
"So I've been holding on to this pixie cut for NOTHING??!" – Anne Hathaway after hearing Allison Williams will play Peter Pan
— Michelle Markowitz (@michmarkowitz) July 30, 2014
If it’s any consolation to those of you suspicious of Allison’s ability to pull this off, she’ll have a great screen legend as a sparring partner. Christopher Walken has been cast in the role of the villainous Captain Hook. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the next bit of NBC casting news will read: “Lena Dunham cast as Tinkerbell!”
Peter Pan Live! airs live on NBC Dec. 4.