Pan Casting Shocker: Rooney Mara is in as Tiger Lilly

Image: TLO
Image: TLO

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.



  1. How is it that people are upset over a Caucasian playing this role of a Native American, but those same people are applauding Michael B. Jordan playing the heretofore white character of the Human Torch in the new Fantastic Four movie or Quvenzhane Wallis playing the formerly white character of Annie?

    If race matters in one instance, then it should matter in all instances.

    Conversely, if race doesn’t matter in one incident, then it shouldn’t matter in any.

    Personally either way works for me, but it should be the same for everyone not matter which way is chosen. That is the true definition of equality.

  2. Are you being serious hiflew?? In general its because there are each year maybe a dozen roles written expressly for people of color compared to a gazillion (slight exaggeration only) written for white people. Specifically, in Peter Pan, Tiger Lilly is the ONLY role that is a non-white character. You do the math as to what equality really is.

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