Williams played the eponymous role in the 2014 live television special and told The Tonight Show‘s Jimmy Fallon that it was this performance that convinced Jordan Peele to cast her in his Blumhouse-produced horror film, which scored global box office of $254M on a $4.5M budget.
“Jordan cast me because of Peter Pan. He was like, ‘If she could fly on live television for three hours with Christopher Walken walking around beneath her, she’ll do anything.’ He wasn’t wrong. He said, ‘She’s got this innocence, she played Peter Pan, We need someone who immediately the audience trusts because the movie just gets going and you have to be on her side’,” she said.
Williams, daughter of former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, was promoting the home entertainment release of Get Out, which she described as Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner “with some weird stuff happening”.
“Jordan is an obsessive fan of horror and more genre movies and then he is also brilliant at comedy — he can flip these switches,” she added.
Williams, who is represented by CAA, is set to star in Showtime and Sky Atlantic’s limited drama Patrick Melrose, alongside Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch. She plays an acquaintance of Melrose’s in the five-part series, which is produced by Two Cities Television, the BBC Worldwide-backed indie set up by British television grandees Alex Graham and Michael Jackson, in association with Cumberbatch’s Studiocanal-owned indie SunnyMarch.