Being a big fan of films like Hook and, of course, the original Peter Pan, I am greatly looking forward to seeing this new adaptation of the Disney classic titled Pan. The film will be directed by Joe Wright, who also directed the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, and will star newcomer Levi Miller as Peter Pan, Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garret Hedlund as a young James Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and Amanda Seyfried as Mary Darling.
What excites me most about the film is that it is an origin story, or a prequel, to the story. I’ve always been a huge fan of prequels so to see one for a classic film like Peter Pan makes me anxious to see it. Also, I am a huge fan of Hugh Jackman so when I heard the film would feature him I became all the more anxious to see it.
However, even before being released the film has already stirred up some controversy. The role of Tiger Lily, who in the original story is of Native American descent, was given to Rooney Mara who is of Caucasian descent. This caused an uproar among critics who claim that Warner Bros. was “perpetuating the invisibility of Native Americans in film” and a petition was made demanding that Warner Bros. stop casting white actors in roles for people of color. Warner Bros. claims that they were trying to create an international and multi-racial cast, although most of the cast is Caucasian.
In light of this controversy, whether or not this film’s performance in the box office will be affected by this casting decision remains to be seen. In any case, I know that I will be first in line to see this epic prequel of a Disney classic. Pan will be released in theaters everywhere July 2015.