Cree actress Alyssa Wapanatahk lands role in Disney ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’
Cree actress Alyssa Wapanatahk, born and raised in Alberta, lands iconic role in Disney ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’. Alyssa Wapanatahk will play princess Tiger Lily in upcoming live action movie. While her agent stated Wapanatahk won’t be doing interviews at this time, this is a bold step forward for First Nations performers.
Wapanatahk states on her official website that she was born in Fort McMurray, Alberta but grew up in Conklin, Alberta. She is a member of the Bigstone Cree First Nation, with her reservation being Wabasca, south of Fort McMurray.
A graduate of New Image College of Performing Arts, Wapanatahk has also been an actress for over 5 years. She started performing at 16 and is currently 22, ready to land a big screen role for the first time. However, Wapanatahk is also a writer and director. She recently wrote, directed and produced her own short film ‘Napes Kasekipatwat / The Boy And The Braid’. The film focuses on the hardships of growing up as an indigenous teenager.
Disney Canada won’t comment on the plot nor the vision for the live action ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’ as of today. Still, princess Tiger Lily features both on the 1953 animated classic ‘Peter Pan’ and on the 1904 J.M. Barrie original novel.