Here's the First Photo of Girls' Allison Williams as Peter Pan for NBC

Ever since Allison Williams landed the lead role in NBC's upcoming Peter Pan Live! musical, we've been curious as to how the Girls star would pull off the Boy Who Won't Grow Up. Verdict: Not bad.

The network has released the first photo of Williams in costume as Peter Pan, and it appears that she'll be recasting the fairy-tale hero as a more modern badass (who, frankly, looks a bit like a Broadway version of an '80s bike messenger).

Pan's signature tights have been replaced with spandex Bermuda shorts, and he's also got some questionable fishnet sleeves. Oh, and case you were wondering, that's a wig:


But while the costuming is all well and good, the real question remains: Can she fly? Williams' casting announcement promised she was a "dynamic flier" and in a video the actress shared a few weeks ago, it seems she's doing her best to live up to the hype.

Peter Pan Live! Will air on Thursday, December 4 on NBC.


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Remember that the character of Peter Pan is pre-pubescent, like maybe around 10 years old or even younger. (Like maybe Extant's robo-boy played by Pierce Gagnon.) The traditional reason for casting women is that no sane person would put the weight of a big musical production on a person that young, and many women can sing in the register of a child.

My only concern is that the character looks too adolescent here. Maybe NBC just wanted to "sexy up" a glam shot? (Eww!) Maybe their script is about an older, "growing up" version of the boy who never grows up? I dunno, but it's just a single photo. It could turn out to be a pretty good production.
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... aaand then I remember that Broadway musical Annie, with its 10-14 year-old stars. Slightly older than Peter, but maybe a valid counterpoint to what I said. (I should have said "a boy that young". I'm not sexist, but voice-altering male hormones are. :-)
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Mr. B. you're hot!
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To all you people who are having a problem with a girl playing Peter Pan, the part was always played by a woman on stage. It really wasn't until the Disney movie when a guy played (voiced) him.
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I'm not trying to be sexist but I would like to know why cast a girl when there are so many male actors who could probably do the role. (might look a little healthier too).
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I was about to get on my high horse about how Mary Martin is only true female Peter Pan but, this actually looks alright.
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I dont care what anybody says, and call me sexist all you want.. this is just WRONG! peter pan needs to be a boy. Not only that but she even looks too old to be Peter Pan.

& yes, i do know that Pan has been played several times in the past by a woman, and they were wrong too.
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Ah, Peter Pan played by a woman, just like the good old days. But damn girl, eat a sammich!
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Looks great.


Lol at all the retarded comments below me.
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This whole idea is somewhat weird.
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She's pretty, but oh my God, is she skeletal!
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looks kind of weird to me.. but I won't be watching anyway, not after seeing how bad they mucked up The Sound of Music.
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That promo shot looks like a romance novel cover, and her look is more masculine than Peter Pan should really be, she doesn't even look like she'd be a twink if she were a guy (the outfit is another story). NBC can't even do "adult woman as pre-pubescent boy" right!
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Too masculine? She looks like a tall and thin flat-chested woman in a transvestite wig and a weird outfit that no man, woman or boy would wear.

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I dunno, I think Sadie's "1980s bike messenger musical" hit this look square on the head. Anyway, my point was more masculine than the character, a young boy, should look.
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More masculine than a male actor? Or are your saying more mature/too old?
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I meant more masculine than Peter Pan should look, Peter Pan is a young boy with a look that should be somewhere between cherubic and lithe while still youthful. This is a fairly square-jawed, early-to-late 20-something (hell, TV world it'd be 30-something) face.

Do I think a 26-year-old male actor could look less masculine than this? No. But there are younger actors than Allison Williams that might have been able to and still have the talent and range required.
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I think you're nitpicking. I don't disagree that she has a square jaw and looks somewhat masculine. But I thought those things only added to the role of her playing a Male character, which is why I brought up age. Could they have found someone who looks better? Maybe, but I don't see how that's pertinent.
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@JT_Kirk But it's clear they care more about someone who can act, than look/sound exactly like the role. Otherwise they would have hired a young male child actor. I think that was a good idea. A good actor is 100 times better than an actor who looks the part exactly. Which makes since, because "acting"
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It's the titular character's look, one which speaks to the age of the character which is defines this character very specifically. Children don't have masculine looks and square jaws though, that stuff comes with puberty, with hormonal changes, that's something that separates ages, and Peter Pan should be on the younger side of that divide. Otherwise they could have cast a male if they didn't care about that stuff.
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That's just wrong.
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