ALBERTA-RAISED CREE ACTOR LANDS ROLE IN DISNEY’S LIVE-ACTION ‘PETER PAN AND WENDY’

The 22-year-old will have Jude Law as her cast mate!


ALBERTA CREE ACTOR ALYSSA WAPANATÂHK JOINS DISNEY’S LIVE-ACTION ‘PETER PAN
Wapanatâhk will play the role of Indigenous princess Tiger Lily

Alberta-raised Cree actor Alyssa Wapanatâhk will play Indigenous princess Tiger Lily in Disney’s forthcoming live-action adaptation of Peter Pan.

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Wapanatâhk confirmed her involvement in the yet-to-be-detailed Peter Pan & Wendy, the Canadian Press reports, though her agent said the actor is not doing interviews at this time. A representative for Disney Canada told CP Tuesday (October 20) that there is no other information on the film at this time.

Wapanatâhk wrote on her website that she is a member of the Bigstone Cree First Nation, born in Fort McMurray, AB, and raised both there and in Conklin. She notes that her surname translates as “First star in the sky or morning star.”

Last September, the 22 year-old wrote, directed and co-produced short film The Boy and the Braid (xnapes kasêkipatwât), which follows the social struggles of an Indigenous teenager. READ MORE



A CREE ACTRESS FROM ALBERTA IS STARRING IN DISNEY’S NEW ‘PETER PAN’ REMAKE
Rising star Alyssa Wapanatâhk from the Bigstone Cree First Nation in Alberta has just landed a breakout role in Disney’s Peter Pan remake.

Wapanatâhk will play Tiger Lilly in the film, the Canadian Press reports.

The 22-year-old actress will star in the movie alongside Jude Law as Captain Hook, Alexander Maloney as Peter Pan, and Yara Shahidi as Tinkerbell.

And it goes without saying that Wapanatâhk is thrilled. READ MORE


Alberta-raised Cree actor Alyssa Wapanatahk, shown in this undated handout image, is set to play Indigenous princess Tiger Lily in Disney’s upcoming live-action film “Peter Pan and Wendy.” (HO-Karolina Turek/The Canadian Press)

ALBERTA-RAISED CREE ACTOR LANDS ROLE IN DISNEY’S LIVE-ACTION ‘PETER PAN AND WENDY’
Alyssa Wapanatahk, born in Fort McMurray, will play Tiger Lily

Alberta-raised Cree actor Alyssa Wapanatahk is set to play Indigenous princess Tiger Lily in Disney’s upcoming live-action film Peter Pan and Wendy.

Wapanatahk told The Canadian Press that she recently closed the deal with Disney to play the role, but her agent says she’s not doing interviews at this time.

Wapanatahk’s website says she was born in Fort McMurray, Alta., and grew up there as well as in Conklin, Alta.

The site says she is a member of the Bigstone Cree First Nation, and her reserve is Wabasca, southwest of Fort McMurray in Treaty 8 territory.

The 22-year-old has been acting since she was 16 and is a graduate of New Image College of performing arts.

She recently wrote, produced and directed the short film Napes Kasekipatwat / The Boy And The Braid, about the adolescent struggles of an Indigenous teen.

Tiger Lily is featured in Disney’s 1953 animated Peter Pan film, which is an adaptation of the J.M. Barrie play and novel.

A representative for Disney Canada said Tuesday they don’t have any other info on the new film right now.

BY VICORIA AHEARN ~ THE CANADIAN PRESS

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