Allison Williams has just been cast as Peter Pan in the live musical that will air on NBC this December, and I’ve never been more hopeful that something is an internet prank, and that Jimmy Kimmel‘s behind it.
First of all, the fact that NBC is even doing another live musical after the abomination that was The Sound Of Music Live! last year is a cruel joke. We thought we were all watching it ironically and that there would be no consequences to our witty commentary about how terrible Carrie Underwood was, BUT THERE WERE. While we all thought we were being so funny with our drinking games and our disparaging tweets and recaps, we were accidentally watching the entire thing straight through + expanding its social media presence + encouraging them to try this concept ten thousand more times. Oops.
So this is our own fault, and blah blah blah, but even knowing all that, nothing could prepare me for the fact that Allison Williams is gonna play the lead. Just…why? What was it as her performance as Marnie on Girls that made someone be like, ‘not only should this eager wooden person sing and act and FLY in a live musical, but we also should cross-gender cast her so that she has even more to think about!’ Pure genius.
But hey! At least the producers are excited about it! Robert Greenblatt, Chariman of NBC Entertainment called her ‘a lovely rising star’ and said:
“[Allison will] bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken‘s powerful Captain Hook.”
If there’s one thing I know, it’s that I don’t need to see Allison attempt ‘boyish vulnerability’. But tell me more about how excited I should be, executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron:
“Allison Williams is a major find. She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, her warmth, her dynamic flying and her wonderful musical abilities. The score will be sung beautifully and introduced to a whole new generation of families.”
Her ‘dynamic flying’? …does Allison Williams fly in real life? Is that why she got this role? This is answering a lot of questions for me. But I’m sure I’ll get the answers to a lot of other ones when I grudgingly tune in when it airs on December 4th and happily tweet my displeasure along with everybody else.