In Benh Zeitlin’s “Wendy,” the reimagining of the classic “Peter Pan” tale, Wendy and the other kids don’t want to grow up.
“Swear on your mother, you will never grow up,” one kid says to the other on the island.
“So began the legend of Peter, the boy that never grew up,” a voiceover explained. “This is where lost boys go when they are really lost.”
The film’s synopsis reads: “The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic from Benh Zeitlin, director of ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild.’ Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.”
Zeitlin and Eliza Zeitlin wrote the screenplay, and Shay Walker, Tommie Lynn Milazzo and Stephanie Lynn Wilson star.
“Wendy” is the second feature film from “Beasts of the Southern Wind” filmmaker Zeitlin, who debuted his first film at the international film circuit in 2012. He won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera d’Or at Cannes, and then went on to land four Oscar nominations.
Fox Searchlight will release the film on Feb. 28.
Watch the trailer above.