4th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization - ArrivalsDisney's live-action trend continues with the announcement of its newest take on a classic character: Reese Witherspoon is set to play Tinker Bell in an origin story flick.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that the Oscar-winning actress has been tapped to headline "Tink," which will delve into the backstory of the "Peter Pan" character. Though there are no plot details yet, THR says that the movie "will play with the idea and the timeline of the well-known Peter Pan narrative." And like 2014 hit "Maleficent," "Tink" aims to tell "'the story you don't know,' and will offer a new perspective on the character," per THR.

Witherspoon certainly has the petite, pixie-ish looks to pull of the character, and she's been splitting her time pretty evenly these days between comedy and drama projects. Depending on which director she takes Tinker Bell, the flick could wind up being some combination of those two genres.

Screenwriter Victoria Strouse, who penned the script for upcoming "Finding Nemo" sequel "Finding Dory," is writing "Tink," and Witherspoon is set to produce. No director is attached yet.

Last fall, Melissa McCarthy was also announced as the new face of Tinker Bell in an untitled comedy from Shawn Levy (the "Night at the Museum" flicks), which was similarly billed as a new take on the classic tale. No update yet on the development process for that film, or if it will compete with Disney's version at the box office.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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