Rooney Mara to Play Tiger Lily in Joe Wright's Adaptation of 'Peter Pan'
After starring in last year's Best Picture nominated Her from Warner Bros., Rooney Mara is getting comfortable at the studio again with their new adaptation of J.M Barrie's classic tale of Peter Pan directed by Joe Wright. The film is simply called Pan and it already has Hugh Jackman on board as the villain Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund as a young Captain Hook in this origin story of the flying orphan of Neverland. Mara has landed the role of Tiger Lily, which seems a little odd since she's the princess of the tribe of Native Americans living on the fantasy island. We couldn't just find a talented non-white actress?
The Wrap notes that "Wright is planning to create a world that very international and multi-racial, effectively challenging audiences’ preconceived notions of Neverland and reimagining the environment." But so far that just means a Native American character is being played by a white actress, so we're not sure what all that is about, but there will probably be some uproar about whitewashing the cast.
In the original tale, Tiger Lily is nearly killed by Captain Hook when she is seen boarding the Jolly Roger with a knife in her mouth, but Peter saves her. Wikipedia also notes that in earlier versions of Peter Pan, it is assumed that she disapproves of Wendy and even Tinker Bell because she is believed to have once had romantic feelings for Peter Pan and might have some jealously. It's not clear how this new take on the story will change things up, especially since Hook is supposed to be allies with Pan in this origin story, but we'll keep you posted as the cast continues to fill out.