We knew that NBC was going to be keeping the tradition of casting a woman to play Peter Pan in their upcoming musical production alive; however, Allison Williams was never a name that emerged on our list of favorites.
Nevertheless, here we are today. The network has announced that the “Girls” actress is set to play the title character, which of course will involve a great deal of singing, sword-fighting, and other acrobatics. We’re sure that some will cry “nepotism” given that Williams’ dad is NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, but think about this for a minute: Is the network really going to risk millions upon millions of dollars financially just to give the part to a family member of one of their personalities? Signs point to “doubtful.”
In his first statement confirming the big new, NBC Entertainment head Robert Greenblatt had the following to say:
“We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan. She’s a lovely rising star on the award-winning show Girls — where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent — and we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook.”
We’re starting to wonder whether or not Greenblatt has actually watched “Girls,” given that Marnie is never intentionally a great singer on there. She is an insecure person with occasional flashes of brilliance.
We do really think that this casting could work, and at least she is someone with more acting experience than Carrie Underwood. The problem is that she’s mostly known for just one thing, and that can make it hard to really picture her as anything else.
What do you think: Could Williams make a good Peter Pan, or should NBC have gone with a bigger name? Let us know below, and head over here to snag some other TV updates on all we cover via our newsletter.