Yara Shahidi shines bright at ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’ premiere

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DUBAI: Yara Shahidi looked stunning in a golden gown at the world premiere of the upcoming Disney+ film “Peter Pan & Wendy” in London.

The “Black-ish” actress, who plays Tinker Bell alongside Jude Law’s Captain Hook, arrived on the red carpet in a glittering Alexander McQueen cutout dress that featured a shimmering fringed hem.

“Peter Pan & Wendy” will stream exclusively on Disney+ in the Middle East beginning April 28.

The part-Middle Eastern actress said that she was sold on the role after speaking with co-writer/director David Lowery.

“I appreciated the fact that he wanted to maintain the classic fairytale elements but update it so that all the characters get the representation they deserve,” Shahidi said, according to a press release from Disney.

“The script is more reflective of today’s values in regard to having this really strong female protagonist and really accurate Indigenous representation, but it also goes further in regard to how nuanced the story could be, and dives into Peter Pan and Hook’s backstory, which I thought was such a cool addition.”

“Peter Pan & Wendy” is the live-action reimagining of the J.M. Barrie novel and the 1953 Disney animated classic.

The film also stars Jim Gaffigan, Jacobi Jupe, Molly Parker and Alyssa Wapanatahk.

“It was so fun to take on Tinker Bell. I think once I got through the nerves of taking on such an iconic character, we had the best time,” Shahidi said.

“David and I had a text thread about everything from her look and hairstyle to how she would move.

“Tinker Bell is now more of an integral part of the storyline,” Shahidi continued. “And it is now clear that she is more than just Peter Pan’s sidekick.”

The actress also recently took to Instagram as she gets ready to say goodbye to “Grown-ish,” the hugely popular spin-off to the ABC comedy series “Black-ish.”

The show will end with its upcoming Season 6 on Freeform.

“Cheers to 6 beautiful years of ‘Grownish.’ I won’t get too sappy now (because we still have a whole season left) but it truly took a village of super talented people to build Cal U and make it what it is! Let’s go out with a bang,” wrote Shahidi on Instagram.