In July 2002, at age 13, Sumpter was selected for the role of Peter Pan. Sumpter did nearly all of his stunts for the film himself. To prepare, he says he practiced sword fighting as much as five hours a day, as well as training in gymnastics and lifting weights. He was working with actress Rachel Hurd-Wood and built a strong relationship with her. While filming in Australia, he supplemented his training with cricket and surfing. Sumpter grew several inches while in the film's production, requiring staging tricks to retain Captain Hook's height advantage over Peter in face-to-face scenes late in the process. Producer Lucy Fisher also said that, "The window he flies out of had to be enlarged twice. " Sumpter won both a Saturn and Young Artist Award for the film.