According to a report from The Wrap, Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Her) is in serious negotiations to play Tiger Lily in Joe Wright’s Pan, due to hit theaters next year. Mara joins the reimagined version of Peter Pan with Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund as Captain Hook. Find out more details about this production after the break.
When remaking a classic tale that is loved by many, the production team should attempt to put their own spin on the story to make it their own. Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift) may have minimal experience as a writer, but his vision does not lack depth; and lukcily he has Joe Wright (Atonement; Pride & Prejudice; Hanna) to back him up in the director’s chair.
From what we know, Pan is set in World War II London, a young, orphan Peter is whisked away to Neverland by pirates and must battle the cunningly evil Blackbeard. No word is yet to be said on how Hook fits into the story. Director Joe Wright has yet to cast the title character Peter Pan, but is looking for an actor between the ages of 10-12. It will also be interesting to know what kind of tone this story will take, whether it will be kid friendly, a swash-buckling adventure film, or a serious drama Wright is best known for.
While Rooney Mara’s career has mainly focused on strong, dramatic roles, this should be a big departure from her more grounded projects she has taken on – this being her first fantasy film. Many, including myself, are wondering how her portrayal of the iconic Tiger Lily will affect the picture, knowing that the character is traditionally Native American. Comments thus far have been very polarizing, but knowing her caliber of work she should be just fine.
The Wrap also states that Wright will be creating “a world that is very international and multi-racial, effectively challenging audiences’ preconceived notions of Neverland and reimagining the environment.” If this is to be true, and knowing these three actors are all caucausion – one being from Australia and the other two America – Wright has a long way to follow through on his mission.
Source: The Wrap