The upcoming film, titled Peter Pan & Wendy, will be directed by Pete’s Dragon director David Lowery, and looks to follow in the footsteps of Disney’s recent slate of successful live-action adaptations (both Aladdin and The Lion King grossed $1 billion at the global box office, and hopes are high for Mulan's August 21 release). While many film versions of the Peter Pan story have been made (including cult-classic Hook), none so far have managed to hit at the box office.
If this casting becomes official, Law, who most recently starred in HBO’s The Young Pope as well as The Rhythm Section opposite Blake Lively, will not only be joining the pantheon of Captain Hooks that came before him — Dustin Hoffman, Jason Isaacs, Christopher Walken, and Garrett Hedlund — he will also, and most importantly, he will be adding new fodder to a heated and polarizing piece of internet discussion: Why is Captain Hook always hot?
Some people feel confused and even unsettled by the fact that Disney is always trying to make them thirst after the classic villain. Others feel that these are — simply put — the rules.
And of course, in comes the debate on who the hottest Hook is. While Isaacs seems to be a strong contender, many on Twitter are going to bat for sleeper pick Colin O'Donoghue, who played Hook (a romantic lead in the show) in ABC's Once Upon a Time.
Some hopefuls are hoping their complicated, thirsty feelings can be justified with convenient redemption arc for the villain. Every hero has a backstory, Disney!