NBC's 'Peter Pan': 5 Picks for the Starring Role

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Who should play the boy who wouldn't grow up?

NBC announced over the weekend that Christopher Walken will portray Captain Hook in the live production of "Peter Pan," airing this December. The unexpected choice is sure to attract eyeballs -- much like when Carrie Underwood put her own unique spin on Maria Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music Live!" last year.

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Now that viewers know Walken -- an accomplished song-and-dance man in addition to being an award-winning actor -- will be donning the hook hand, we have to wonder: Who should star as the titular Peter?

The network also revealed that Peter will be played by a woman (the most famous theatrical Peter is Mary Martin, who portrayed him on Broadway and in the 1950s television production). Producers also noted that their first choice, "Frozen" star Kristen Bell, had scheduling conflicts. (Thanks, "House of Lies!") The official casting announcement should be forthcoming, but until then, we imagined a few dream picks.

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Miley Cyrus: The short blond ‘do made her an obvious pick when the project was first announced, and the edgy singer is still number one in our hearts. Unfortunately, Cyrus has already tweeted that she isn’t interested in being part of the cast. RIP, twerking Tinkerbell. It might be for the best, from NBC’s perspective: Cyrus’ recent "Bangerz" tour special, also for the network, failed to bring in massive ratings.

Ariana Grande: Grande, riding high with both “Problem” and “Break Free,” would be a buzzy and current choice. Plus, she’ll have a bit more free time in her schedule now that her Nickelodeon show, "Sam & Cat," was canceled. Her acting experience, in addition to her vocals, might give NBC some confidence that they won’t have a repeat of Underwood’s panned performance.

P!nk: Sure, she’s a bit older than what people imagine when they hear ‘Peter Pan,’ but we now know that in this production Captain Hook will be in his seventies. The old rules no longer apply! She’s a great pick mostly for her acrobatic prowess – singing while flying around Neverland isn’t going to faze her.

Katy Perry: Like P!nk, she’s a bit older than expected for the role, but her kooky, goofball personality would likely translate well onscreen. More importantly, just imagine Perry going toe-to-toe with Walken.

An Unknown Star: With Walken as the big name to get viewers to tune in, the rest of the cast can be filled out with performers who may not be a name yet, but can deliver a phenomenal performance.

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