Reese Witherspoon has scored a movie role that will excite Disney fans — she’s set to play Peter Pan’s pixie pal Tinker Bell in a live-action movie.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Reese Witherspoon is producing and starring in Tink, a movie that focuses on the life of the fairy. There’s no word on whether the pixie’s eternally-young pal will also pop up in the movie, but it sounds like it might have more in common with Disney’s animated, straight-to-video Tinker Bell series than the original Peter Pan film — it’s reportedly set “deep in Pixie Hollow.”
However, Tink is going to feature a completely new story, and it’s being compared to Disney’s live-action Maleficent movie starring Angelina Jolie. Tink will reportedly “offer a new perspective” on the beloved fairy. The movie doesn’t have a director yet, but the script is being penned by Victoria Strouse, the writer responsible for the upcoming Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. Because it’s so early in development, details are scarce, but fans can only hope that Reese Witherspoon gets one scene with a giant spoon.
Reese Witherspoon joins an interesting array of actresses who have helped bring Tinker Bell to life. Julia Roberts’ version of the fairy was in love with an adult Peter Pan in the movie Hook, The DUFF star Mae Whitman voices Tink in the animated Tinker Bell movie series, and iZombie actress Rose McIver played her in the ABC series Once Upon a Time. McIver’s Tink got to interact with the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio, and various other characters from Disney fairy tale movies.
The live-action Tinker Bell movie has been many years in the making. Back in 2012, Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks was tied to the film. Entertainment Weekly described that version of Tink as a romantic comedy, and Banks made it sound like it was going to be set in the “real world” (a la Disney’s Enchanted).
“It’s a live action Tinker Bell movie sort of in the vein of Elf in which I would play Tinker Bell,” Elizabeth Banks told Moviehole. “Tinker Bell gets thrown out of Never Never Land, and it’s about where she goes and who she meets and the adventures she has.”
That version of the film was crafted by a completely different writer, so it sounds like the concept got a complete overhaul before the Tinker Bell role was offered to Reese.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Reese Witherspoon’s latest movie, Hot Pursuit, was her worst-reviewed film yet on Rotten Tomatoes. Perhaps she can get back on the right track by portraying a beloved Disney character.
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