Rooney Mara is known for her extreme transformation into Lisbeth Salander, the tattooed, pierced, eyebrow-less female lead in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Her next role, however, may be more challenging: a Native American girl from a beloved children’s book.
The Hollywood Reporter writes, that the 28-year old actress is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to play the role of Tiger Lily, in the upcoming big-budget film, Pan.
Right now, the director of the film will be Joe Wright, who has worked on Atonement and Pride & Prejudice, and will be using a script written by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti, Paul Webster, and Sarah Schechter will be producing through Berlanti’s production company. Also, as per The Wrap, Warners executive Courtney Valenti will oversee the project for the studio.
Alongside Mara, a couple of well-known Hollywood stars will be with her on set. Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis, Unbroken) will play the coveted role of Captain Hook. However, it is role given to Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) that comes as a surprise. He will be playing the infamous pirate, Blackbeard. How this plays into Pan is unknown for the time being, but it is possible since the movie is actually an origin story.
Pan tells the tale of how a young orphan boy from London is spirited away to the magical Neverland where he finds grand adventures that will shape him into the charismatic hero, known for many generations, as Peter Pan. The world will be very intentional and multi-racial, which will effectively challenge audiences’ preconceived notions of what Neverland would be.
This is a very unique direction because most movie adaptions of Peter Pan are usually true to the book. This includes the animated classic by Disney, back in 1953 and the live-action movie by Universal and Columbia Pictures, back in 2003.
Probably the one movie, that expands on the original story by J.M. Barrie, is with the first movie sequel. Back in 1991, Steven Spielberg created Hook. Starring Dustin Hoffman as Captain James Hook and Robin Williams as Peter Pan, the story centers around Peter Banning, a successful corporate lawyer whose relationship with his family – especially his two children – is strained by absences. One night, his children are kidnapped by Captain Hook and it is up to him to save them. With the help of Tinker Bell, he is brought back to Neverland where he finds out he is the legendary Peter Pan…even though he doesn’t remember he is.
As of now, the role of Peter Pan has not been cast, but will be a boy between the ages of 10 and 12. More information about Pan will be reported as it becomes available from now, to its slated 3D movie release on July 17, 2015.