Jude Law is in talks to play the classic Disney villain, Captain Hook, in the studio’s live-action Peter Pan film “Peter Pan & Wendy,” sources tell Variety.

“Pete’s Dragon” director David Lowery is on board to direct the project. Lowery co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks, and Jim Whitaker is producing.

Disney’s 1953 animated classic is still the most successful adaptation of the J.M. Barrie novel about Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t age and the children whom he whisks away to the magical world of Neverland. Many other studios have made their own versions on the big and small screens, including Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” starring Robin Williams and Joe Wright’s “Pan,” both of which disappointed at the box office.

If the deal closes, Law would follow in the footsteps of Dustin Hoffman, Jason Isaacs and, most recently, Hugh Jackman as actors who have played the iconic pirate antagonist in previous retellings of the story.

Though there were rumors of the film ending up on Disney Plus, like the “Lady and the Tramp” live-action adaptation, sources say the release is expected to be theatrical.

Disney is coming off a very strong year of live-action adaptations with both “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” grossing $1 billion at the global box office. Disney was so happy with its “Aladdin” live-action film that it has already begun developing a sequel to the film.

Law is coming off of HBO’s “The New Pope.” He was also recently seen in Paramount’s “Rhythm Section.”

He is repped by CAA.

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“The Nest,” a drama about a family’s disastrous decision to relocate to England, will debut exclusively in theaters on Sept. 18, 2020.

The announcement is a sign that IFC Films, which purchased the film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has awards ambitions for the picture and for the performances of its stars Jude Law and Carrie Coon. It also signals that studios are gaining greater confidence that exhibitors will be back on line in the coming months after cinemas closed in March due to coronavirus.

“The Nest” is writer and director Sean Durkin’s follow-up to “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” The film follows Rory, a charismatic businessman played by Law, as he decides to move his family to his native England in order to cash in on the booming 1980’s London. Things do not go as planned. Not only does Rory struggle to establish himself, but he sticks his wife and kids in a run-down mansion they can’t afford to furnish and keep up. The isolation and mounting financial issues began to take a toll on their family bonds.

Variety’s Peter Debruge noted that the film benefit from creating a spooky atmosphere. “The real point of comparison between ‘The Nest’ and a movie like ‘The Shining’ lies in the psychological toll that a selfish father can have on his family,” he wrote. “In a sense, it has more in common with ‘Marriage Story’ or ‘The Souvenir’ — films about destructive male ego told, at least in part, from a female point of view. Rory may be the first character we meet, but the movie ultimately favors Allison (Coon), the screw-turning wife seemingly conjured from one of those ghostly classics where sinister things happen when a family relocates to freaky new digs.”

“We’re looking forward to releasing ‘The Nest’ in theaters this fall as Sean Durkin continues to prove what a masterful filmmaker he is, delivering career best performances from Jude Law and Carrie Coon.” said Arianna Bocco, executive VP of acquisitions and productions at IFC Films, in a statement.

“The Nest” was produced by Durkin, as well as by Ed Guiney, Derrin Schlesinger, Rose Garnett, Amy Jackson, and Christina Piovesan. It was executive produced by Andrew Lowe, Polly Stokes, Jude Law, Ben Browning, Glen Basner, Alison Cohen, and Milan Popelka, with co-producers Kasia Malipan and Noah Segal. The picture was developed with BBC Films, which financed it with FilmNation Entertainment. Telefilm Canada provided further backing. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.

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