Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Bob Hoskins, Julia Roberts
Running Time: 2 hours, 24 min.
Nina Boucicault. Pauline Chase. Zena Dare. Maude Adams. Mary Martin. From 1904 to 2013, from West End to Broadway to NBC, Peter Pan is perpetually portrayed by a woman on stage. Why? For one: London law kicked kids off stage after 9PM. And because Barrie missed that whole “chopping off boys’ balls to keep their soprano range” fad, why not give grown girls a shot? It’s like how all your cherished, cartoon lads were voiced by real-life ladies. Meet:
Spielberg hints at this history in Hook. Look at who plays Pan in the film’s opening, primary school play:
And whoa: Is that Adult Female Glenn Close jumping gender to play a Pirate? (Yup.)
So, bring on the next girl Pan! But, NBC: promise me it won’t be some stone-cold hottie playing a pre-teen Peter. Pleeeease: No boner confusion*.
*Dibs on the band name.
The Movie’s Trailer: