Kristen Bell Approached for NBC's PETER PAN LIVE, Too Busy
NBC is going big in their upcoming production of Peter Pan Live!, which is scheduled to air on Dec 4. As BroadwayWorld reported earlier today, Christopher Walken has just accepted the role of Captain Hook. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are also set to appear in the production. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Kristin Bell was also supposed to star in the production; however, she had to decline due to prior obligations with House of Lies.
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt stated, "We were talking about doing it with a man at one point, but we've had several women who wanted to do it and they're either busy or their schedules don't work. It's not like we can film this at any time; I need this person from Aug. 5-Dec. 5, so that knocks out the Kristen Bells of the world, who was somebody I talked to about doing it and she was interested but she's doing House of Lies."
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Greenblatt continued, "It's tricky finding the right person in the schedule that we need it but we're actually close. [Peter is] going to be female."
Kristen Bell graduated from New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied musical theater. She made her Broadway debut in 2001, originating the role of Becky Thatcher in the short-lived The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In 2002, she was in the revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible on Broadway, starring Laura Linney and Liam Neeson. Her movie credits include Frozen, Hit and Run, Burlesque, You Again, and many more. Television credits include House of Lies, Heroes, Parks and Rec, and more.