Allison Williams is going to play Peter Pan in NBC's live production
NBC has cast the title role in its Peter Pan Live production set to air Dec. 4, and it's none other than esteemed actor and singer ... Allison Williams?
If you don't know who she is, it's likely because you don't watch Girls, Lena Dunham's HBO comedy on which the 26-year-old stars as Marnie. Williams is also known for being the daughter of NBC newscaster Brian Williams, who surely didn't have anything to do with getting her this gig.
The announcement comes just a few weeks after NBC cast 71-year-old movie veteran Christopher Walken to play Captain Hook, another bizarre choice. Boy, we never thought we'd say this, but maybe Carrie Underwood as Maria in The Sound of Music Live isn't the worst casting ever.
It appears NBC is honoring the tradition of having a woman play Peter in the musical, but Williams isn't exactly the most compelling actor. And as far as we know, her most high-profile singing gig to date comes from the most recent season of Girls, in which she tried her hand at some folk singing and wasn't terrible at it. Sorry, but we just don't buy Williams as the puckish Pan. But hey, maybe all she's needed to become a true star is a pair of green tights and a jaunty cap!
Here's what she said in a statement about the news: “I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true. It’s such an honor to be a part of this adventure, and I’m very excited to get to work with this extraordinarily talented team. And besides, what could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?”
Last year, NBC's three-hour The Sound of Music Live was seen by a whopping 18.6 million viewers, so prepare for the same kind of audience this year.