Rooney Mara Cast In Joe Wright’s Peter Pan Origin Movie

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

Another classic screen adaptation taking shape is Joe Wright’s Pan, featuring Hugh Jackman as pirate Blackbeard.

More accurately, the blockbuster will act as a prequel to J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan, which is one of the best children’s book ever written.

According to THR, the 3D movie “is a reimagining of the classic tale, and will present a very different take on the story and its characters, featuring an international cast.”

And while Peter Pan himself has to be cast, the latest news is that Rooney Mara, who impressed in David Fincher’s criminally underrated remake, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, has landed the role of Princess Tiger Lilly.

The actress will play the Native American girl, which would be a contentious piece of casting if the story wasn’t set in fantasy world Neverland, which features pirates, orphans, a boy who can fly and a maniacal crocodile with a ticking clock in its belly.

Along with Jackman and Mara, Garrett Hedlund has been cast as the infamous Captain Hook. Still a relative newcomer to the bit screen, The Friday Night Lights star appeared in Tron: Legacy.

As for Joe Wright, the director is an interesting choice. A highly technical filmmaker, Wright has made his name with period dramas Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, and Anna Karenina.

While the British helmer has yet to make a truly great film, I have a feeling that he is capable of producing at least one classic.

And what better place to start than with the world of Peter Pan. Considering the subject matter’s place in popular culture, if Wright gets the film right, then the director could have a seriously big franchise on his hands.

Although, the last time Scottish writer Barrie’s fantasy novel was adapted to the screen in 2003, it bombed because it was considered too dark for children.

Pan will hit screens on July 17th, 2015, in one of the busiest summer’s in living memory.

About Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge is a journalist and copywriter from Glasgow, Scotland. As well as being involved in film festivals in the UK, Mark has also worked as a sports reporter covering soccer matches in his home country. In fact, he even attended the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, helping to document the cultural impact of the event on the city. He also writes for The Huffington Post covering topics such as film, sports and politics.


  1. Gene Marcus says:

    I am highly disappointed that Mark Hodge, who seems right on with most of his comments, spoke that the brilliant British director, Joe Wright, “has yet to make a truly great film.” Nothing could be further from the truth! Joe Wright’s films, especially “Atonement and Pride and Prejudice,” were spectacular in their crafting, execution, and sheer brilliance in sweeping the viewer into those literary worlds and taking you into the heart of the story.

    I am excited that Joe Wright has been chosen to make the film “Pan.” It isn’t an accident that he has been chosen to direct this film. With his visionary and story telling skills, he will make an amazing film! They could not have picked a better director.

    I suggest that Mark Hodge screen Joe Wright’s films again, in a proper theater venue, to re-experience one of our world’s great film makers.

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