Rooney Mara has been cast as Tiger Lily Warner Bros.’ Pan, a Peter Pan origin tale. Mara joins Hugh Jackman, who will play Blackbeard, and Garrett Hedlund, who will play Hook. The role of Pan has yet to be cast.
Joe Wright will be directing, Jason Fuchs wrote the script, and Greg Berlanti, Paul Webster and Sarah Schechter are producing
Pan will be different from the classic tale, telling Pan’s story about how he ended up in Neverland. It will be set in London during World War II. Peter is kidnapped by pirates to save Neverland from Blackbeard.
According to Variety, “The world being created is multi-racial/international – and a very different character than previously imagined.” So I guess that explains why the role of a Native American went to someone white? Don’t get me wrong; I liked Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but there had to have been other options.
It’s hard not to automatically write this film off as not worth seeing before having a lot of information, but so far I remain unimpressed. I don’t know if it’s because we just got a Pan story from Once Upon a Time, or the fact that I can name several versions of Peter Pan off the top of my head, but the prospect doesn’t exactly thrill me.
Pan is set to be released on July 17, 2015.
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