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Rooney Mara To Play Tiger Lily In Joe Wright's 'Pan'

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 12, 2014 3:15 PM
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Well, let's cue up the controversy machine. Tiger Lily, the Native American princess of Neverland, is going to be played by someone not of Native American descent (nor from Neverland). We're being a bit cheeky, but we're sure this news is going to raise a few culturally-concerned eyebrows.

Rooney Mara has nabbed the part of Tiger Lily in Joe Wright's forthcoming "Pan." The 3D movie already has Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garett Hedlund as Captain Hook, and features a Black List script by Jason Fuchs ("Ice Age: Continental Drift") that is a a prequel to J.M. Barrie’s novel. It follows an orphan who is taken to the magical world of Neverland, where he becomes a hero to the natives and leads a revolt against the evil pirates.

While The Wrap stresses that Wright is planning a "very international and multi-racial" movie, this casting sorta flies in the face of that whole idea. But hey, there's still more to come as the movie gears up to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

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  • Racism at it's best | March 13, 2014 9:19 PMReply

    A white woman playing a tribal princess... Yup sounds like the Classic white-washing of Hollywood. 3/4 of the lost boys will be white with a token African-American boy and one racial ambiguous boy.

  • k | March 13, 2014 4:50 PMReply

    Screw you KEVIN JAGERNAUTH, you're no better than the racists who cast Mara.

  • PMO | March 13, 2014 12:39 PMReply

    Also I just want to put this out there... Why did nobody care when Johnny Depp played a Native American? It was pretty awful.

  • PMO | March 13, 2014 12:30 PMReply

    They also auditioned Lupita nyong'o and Adèle Exarchopoulos for Tiger Lily so im guessing she was not written as Native American in this adaption. From what I've read it sounds like this adaptation will not follow the same character profiles from the original story. Tiger lily may not be a native american princess, Peter pan might not be a light skinned Caucasian boy with brown hair. I'm hoping they cast someone from a different race as peter or any of the other major rolls, it would be refreshing to see.

  • Demode | March 13, 2014 12:40 AMReply

    Is this a cartoon movie? If so, who cares what the actor's race is?

  • applause | March 13, 2014 9:56 PM

    If you have read the script, Tiger Lily is not a native American but native warrior princess probably from tropical Central or South America. She would have as much screen time and dialog and action scenes as Peter, James Hook, and Blackbeard. Her character is snarky, strong-minded, and occasionally emotional and she is the first to believe in Peter ( who himself was initially scornful of his legend and destiny) and supports that faith not just empathy and action. I would like to see an actress who has the strong physical appeal and strong screen presence that will do justice to the role of Tiger Lily as envisioned by Jason Fuchs and Joe Wright. We'll see...

  • yod | March 12, 2014 10:16 PMReply

    Isn't the whole concept of acting being something you are not? Playing someone else? I'm pretty sure Hugh Jackman isn't a real pirate, either - Outrageous!

  • Jack | March 13, 2014 1:23 AM


    Well you're just a rude little shit, aren't you?

    Quit being overly sensitive to a film authoring its own vision of a classic tale. It's a different interpretation. Get over it.

  • KT | March 12, 2014 10:47 PM

    Anyone of any ethnicity can be a pirate... Don't be dense. Especially considering Hollywood's history of treating Native Americans, you'd think they'd know better.

  • Anonymous | March 12, 2014 8:38 PMReply

    I love Rooney Mara! She's a great actress and she's very low-key, unlike one totally unbearable young actress who always manages to annoy the living s--t out of me *cough* Jennifer Lawrence *cough*. I don't care what color Tiger Lily is in the movie, just like I didn't care when a young, talented African-American actress got cast in the lead role in the Annie remake.

    I will definitely be seeing this film if Miss Mara is a part of the cast.

  • M. | March 14, 2014 6:42 AM

    No....Lupita (I would show up to the opening of an envelope if it meant press, attention, photo op) Nyong'o wins the annoys the shit out of me title.

  • Ruby | March 12, 2014 7:34 PMReply

    Can't imagine the same level of controversy rising over the newly African-American Annie. Interpretation is nothing new, the expectation of controversy promotes controversy.

  • Jack | March 12, 2014 5:09 PMReply

    Jesus. Everyone shut the hell up and quit trying to drum up controversy. We are living in an age of walking on a million different eggshells. Just worry about the movie being good or not.

    And to the inevitable backlash of my unpopular opinion: suck it. Hard.

  • KT | March 12, 2014 5:50 PM

    "... quit trying to drum up controversy."

    How ironic.

  • emma | March 12, 2014 4:09 PMReply

    What a shame! They couldn’t have bothered to try to find a Native American/First Nations actress?

  • REBECCA | March 12, 2014 3:44 PMReply

    If it's so international and multi racial, why have non of the other actors that have been announced been non white? Fricking hollywood. They have to understand that times are changing. this movie will bomb, just like the others.

  • micguar | March 12, 2014 3:41 PMReply

    Yep. No way this could possibly go wrong.

  • d | March 12, 2014 3:26 PMReply

    Is Tiger Lily supposed to be Native American in the new version? Has anyone read the script?

  • d | March 12, 2014 4:14 PM

    This version is a re-imagining with a planned "multi-racial cast," set during World War II. So I'm curious what the script says.

  • Manning | March 12, 2014 4:09 PM

    Meaning...Her role is as a princess of a Native American tribe. You can't make the character white, that takes away from the situation of the character, the Native American tribe, etc.

  • Manning | March 12, 2014 4:08 PM

    Well, duh, she's Native American. That's the point.

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