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Rooney Mara joins Joe Wright's Pan as Native American princess Tiger Lily

03.12.2014

Joe Wright's Peter Pan origin film is getting more talented with each new casting announcement. Aside from the already cast Garrett Hedlund and Hugh Jackman as Captain Hook and Blackbeard respectively, the cast now has their first female member in Rooney Mara. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mara will play Indian princess Tiger Lily.

While Mara is clearly not Native American, we do not know how the revamped origin in PAN will play out since the title character has yet to be cast and seems to be more of a supporting role. Hedlund's Hook will be the primary character with expectations being that Peter Pan will be more central in subsequent films. Casting is still looking for a boy between 10-12 to play Peter.

Rooney Mara has definitely shown she has acting chops in films like SIDE EFFECTS and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. It remains to be seen just how kid-friendly PAN is going to be or if Joe Wright and company are planning a more adult adventure. Whatever the case, I am looking forward to seeing Mara in warrior princess mode rather than pre-teen mode as Tiger Lily was in the Disney film.

PAN hits theaters on July 17, 2015.

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5:49PM on 03/14/2014
Are they really Native Americans though if they come from Neverland?
Are they really Native Americans though if they come from Neverland?
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9:19PM on 03/13/2014
Maybe in this movie being an 'Indian' or 'Native American' does not have the same meaning as in real life?
Maybe in this movie being an 'Indian' or 'Native American' does not have the same meaning as in real life?
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1:41PM on 03/13/2014
Next up:
Genghis Khan will be portrayed by Mickey Rourke, and Leonardo DiCaprio as an African American Tuskegee Airman. Both following the footsteps of John Wayne (The Conqueror) and Mickey Rooney (Breakfast at Tiffany's).
Next up:
Genghis Khan will be portrayed by Mickey Rourke, and Leonardo DiCaprio as an African American Tuskegee Airman. Both following the footsteps of John Wayne (The Conqueror) and Mickey Rooney (Breakfast at Tiffany's).
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3:53PM on 03/13/2014
Seriously.
Seriously.
11:11AM on 03/13/2014
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my father in-law just got an awesome green Mercedes-Benz C-Class C63 AMG just by some part-time working online at home... site link http://www.mac22.com
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10:56AM on 03/13/2014
Do even children give a fuck about Peter Pan anymore?
Do even children give a fuck about Peter Pan anymore?
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8:14AM on 03/13/2014
Rooney Mara is welcome to play any role that she wants, IMO. And, a white actor is free to play any character of any background, IMO. HOWEVER, the portrayal must be dignified and not a racist caricature. The portrayal must also be done with a sincere effort to not co-opt and alter another group's culture. These caricatures and co-options are historically problematic in our American multicultural society. They both represent white hegemony and oppression of other groups. With few exceptions,
Rooney Mara is welcome to play any role that she wants, IMO. And, a white actor is free to play any character of any background, IMO. HOWEVER, the portrayal must be dignified and not a racist caricature. The portrayal must also be done with a sincere effort to not co-opt and alter another group's culture. These caricatures and co-options are historically problematic in our American multicultural society. They both represent white hegemony and oppression of other groups. With few exceptions, movies should avoid presenting these caricatures and co-options. I can see an exception for satire that is purposefully being un-PC; viewers need to be sophisticated enough to get the joke. I can see an exception for celebration--or at least presentation--of past literary traditions. For example, Jim needs to be kind of slavish in a Huck Finn movie. Tonto and Chingachgook need to be certain characters in a Lone Ranger or Pathfinder movie respectively. Otherwise, each character is no longer identifiable as that character.
I supposed that JoBlo.com readers and other cultural commentators need to ask the following question: "What is TRUE diversity and multiculturalism?" Certainly, they might also ask "What multiculturalism do we North Americans need to practice in 2014?" On the first question, I would hope that someday our American culture is truly post-racial. Therefore, for example, African-American actors can be Kingpin, Nick Fury, or the Human Torch just as long as the actor performs and owns that role well. Similarly, I would hope that a white actress can be an American Indian character just as long as she performs the role well. Ideally, talent and presence will matter someday more than ethnicity. Someday, we Americans will hopefully be color-blind universally.
On the second question, I understand that we Americans might not be at a certain moment yet. Potentially, we must continue the affirmative action of giving certain Americans opportunities from which they have been excluded and discriminated from too long. Therefore, so-called "minority" people may take traditionally white character roles in the name of progress. Furthermore, non-white actors may plausibly portray white people because, in theory, the disenfranchised must practice a liminality that whites do not because of their white privilege. In other words, minorities understand how it is to be white, but white people do not understand the lives and cultures of minorities. In contrast, out of necessity, whites must be excluded from portraying characters from outside of their race. Cultural discourse asks often, "Who may represent whom?" Possibly, as other article commentators say, under-represented actors need to have a greater presence on the screen. And, their greater presence might necessitate the marginalization of European faces in the movies.
I have written this comment at some length. But, let me raise one more concern. European-Americans have influenced North America's history quite a bit. They have had a lot of power. And, they have constructed the U.S. and Canada both for the best and the worst. However, they are only one part of the population. Especially in the U.S., the social discourse discusses the "browning of America". A white face is not exclusively the face of America, and it should not be, and it never should have been exclusively. Therefore--and here is this paragraph's point--our continent's literature should change to reflect who we--all of us--really are. Therefore, if a superhero is a hero to all, he should have the features and background of any of us. Other cultures have made this adaptation. The Romans acquired the Greek gods, and they made those [link] into Roman characters. While real, Jesus is another figure that cultures adapt and evolve to better represent their individual cultures. Heck, look at DC comics. The company had Superman, Flash, et. al. characters appropriate for the Depression and WWII era, but the company changed those characters somewhat drastically for the Space Age. The characters changed with the culture.
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2:12AM on 03/13/2014
Maybe she will be adopted into the tribe? lol its fantastic four all over again!
Honestly Mara in anything makes the film better, in no way does her presence hurt a film.
Maybe she will be adopted into the tribe? lol its fantastic four all over again!
Honestly Mara in anything makes the film better, in no way does her presence hurt a film.
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1:38AM on 03/13/2014
Hopefully she not wear bird on head.
Hopefully she not wear bird on head.
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11:32PM on 03/12/2014
I hope, for their sake, that the native americans in their version aren't actually native americans. Because otherwise - I don't care how good of an actor she is - that's just dumb.
I hope, for their sake, that the native americans in their version aren't actually native americans. Because otherwise - I don't care how good of an actor she is - that's just dumb.
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8:44PM on 03/12/2014
I think this just shows the complete lack of respect Native American's have. If you cast a white girl to play a black character, and just painted her face black, then that is considered horribly racist. Yet it is apparently okay to do this same thing to Native Americans.
I think this just shows the complete lack of respect Native American's have. If you cast a white girl to play a black character, and just painted her face black, then that is considered horribly racist. Yet it is apparently okay to do this same thing to Native Americans.
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6:37PM on 03/12/2014

No one learned from The Lone Ranger?

Their are Native American actresses out there. *Sigh*
Their are Native American actresses out there. *Sigh*
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6:36PM on 03/12/2014
In my opinion, more Rooney Mara is always a good thing.
In my opinion, more Rooney Mara is always a good thing.
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6:17PM on 03/12/2014
*ugh*
*ugh*
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4:58PM on 03/12/2014
Clearly she's not Native American but Rooney is pretty freakin awesome. Especially in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The fact that they would cast someone this high profile and edgy with great acting skills gives me even more faith in this.
Clearly she's not Native American but Rooney is pretty freakin awesome. Especially in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The fact that they would cast someone this high profile and edgy with great acting skills gives me even more faith in this.
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7:10PM on 03/12/2014
Dude, this is Roony Mara not Noomie Rapace...
Dude, this is Roony Mara not Noomie Rapace...
9:27PM on 03/12/2014
Noomie is great but Dude Rooney was nominated for best actress for Dragon remake
Noomie is great but Dude Rooney was nominated for best actress for Dragon remake
4:43PM on 03/12/2014

I apologize for my terribly written post below..it came out wrong

I should be more clear so here is more opportunity to clear stuff up. My criticism was against all those white people who were against Jordon playing Storm. I love Jordon and don't care about that. I had a feeling that the studios would do this with Lilly and Mara is a good actress so at least they chose a white girl who could act. That said, it is disappointing studios did this again like they did with Depp last year. There are Native American actors, Adam Breach comes to mind, who
I should be more clear so here is more opportunity to clear stuff up. My criticism was against all those white people who were against Jordon playing Storm. I love Jordon and don't care about that. I had a feeling that the studios would do this with Lilly and Mara is a good actress so at least they chose a white girl who could act. That said, it is disappointing studios did this again like they did with Depp last year. There are Native American actors, Adam Breach comes to mind, who should be given a chance. Once again, sorry for the terribly written post.
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9:35PM on 03/12/2014
Alright, I'll say it. Jordan is playing The Human Torch. Though Storm would have also been an interesting casting choice for him...
Alright, I'll say it. Jordan is playing The Human Torch. Though Storm would have also been an interesting casting choice for him...
4:41PM on 03/12/2014

Don't get me wrong, Rooney is a FANTASTIC actress.

But for their racist caricature, they couldn't even bother casting an American Indian?
Next up, Ron Perlman for Chief Big Wig or whatever the fuck he's called. (Which would actually be kind of awesome)

So maybe I'm full of shit.
Or maybe just hot steamy pork dumps.
But for their racist caricature, they couldn't even bother casting an American Indian?
Next up, Ron Perlman for Chief Big Wig or whatever the fuck he's called. (Which would actually be kind of awesome)

So maybe I'm full of shit.
Or maybe just hot steamy pork dumps.
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4:36PM on 03/12/2014
Sounds like everyone needs to change their tampons. This isn't a big deal at all.
Sounds like everyone needs to change their tampons. This isn't a big deal at all.
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4:30PM on 03/12/2014

Don't compare this to Jordan

Anyone comparing this to Michael B. Jordan taking over Johnny Storm is completely and utterly failing to see the point. Hollywood is predominately focused on Caucasian actors and actresses with few roles for minorities, especially in the superhero genre. Giving the role to Jordan was a progressive move that made sense because it not only works for the character but it adds real-world diversity to mainstream cinema that is sadly and disgustingly still lacking. So when you're finally casting
Anyone comparing this to Michael B. Jordan taking over Johnny Storm is completely and utterly failing to see the point. Hollywood is predominately focused on Caucasian actors and actresses with few roles for minorities, especially in the superhero genre. Giving the role to Jordan was a progressive move that made sense because it not only works for the character but it adds real-world diversity to mainstream cinema that is sadly and disgustingly still lacking. So when you're finally casting a movie with a role for a NATIVE AMERICAN WOMAN (a race that is sorely lacking in Hollywood as well, but that's another story) and you give it to one of the whitest actresses out there it's just ridiculous and appalling. It rubs people the wrong way much like the Cumberbatch Khan casting did (and as someone who enjoyed him in the role I'll still admit that race-changing him was wrong).

It's just sad that in this day and age we're still dealing with this sort of thing in a medium that reaches millions upon millions of people across the world each year.
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4:46PM on 03/12/2014
Couldnt agree more bud. And as the son of a Native American mother, this kind of thing happening in 2014 just hits home a tad harder...
Couldnt agree more bud. And as the son of a Native American mother, this kind of thing happening in 2014 just hits home a tad harder...
4:53PM on 03/12/2014
I do see your point however I disagree, if you are going to argue the one casting then I think the argument should remain the same for this one as well.
I do see your point however I disagree, if you are going to argue the one casting then I think the argument should remain the same for this one as well.
7:38AM on 03/13/2014
Hollywood is the most liberal black hole in the country. You couldn't be more wrong. Maybe it's not a big deal. Maybe that's why they're actors.
Hollywood is the most liberal black hole in the country. You couldn't be more wrong. Maybe it's not a big deal. Maybe that's why they're actors.
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4:21PM on 03/12/2014
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4:30PM on 03/12/2014
Hilarious!
Hilarious!
4:12PM on 03/12/2014

This is nothing like the Jordan casting

Jordan isn't playing a white guy with super powers. He's playing a black guy with super powers.
Mara is a white woman playing a Native American. It's just wrong. And it's sad this shit is still happening. They could have at least casted a Puerto Rican. They do well playing natives at Thanksgiving Day parades.
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Jordan isn't playing a white guy with super powers. He's playing a black guy with super powers.
Mara is a white woman playing a Native American. It's just wrong. And it's sad this shit is still happening. They could have at least casted a Puerto Rican. They do well playing natives at Thanksgiving Day parades.
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4:54PM on 03/12/2014
Jordan is actually playing a white character with super-powers...
Jordan is actually playing a white character with super-powers...
6:33PM on 03/12/2014
He's not playing a black guy with superpowers. He's actually playing a white guy with superpowers. You should know what you're talking about while attempting to make a point. Your post just comes off as anything but.
He's not playing a black guy with superpowers. He's actually playing a white guy with superpowers. You should know what you're talking about while attempting to make a point. Your post just comes off as anything but.
6:57PM on 03/12/2014
LOL @ Soloist, i think you need to know what you are talking about. What J Burton is saying, Jordan isnt portraying a White Male in the movie. He is portraying a African American Male, they got an African American to play an African American Role in the movie. The casting called for an African American Male, they didnt cast a White male, an Asian Male, A Spanish Male they cast a African American to play a African American Role for the MOVIE. We arent talking about the comics. If they were
LOL @ Soloist, i think you need to know what you are talking about. What J Burton is saying, Jordan isnt portraying a White Male in the movie. He is portraying a African American Male, they got an African American to play an African American Role in the movie. The casting called for an African American Male, they didnt cast a White male, an Asian Male, A Spanish Male they cast a African American to play a African American Role for the MOVIE. We arent talking about the comics. If they were casting a WHITE male as the role of Johnny Storm in the movie and then cast Jordan, you two would be right. But no, they called for an African American and they cast an actual African American. This role, called for a Native American female, and they cast a White One. Two totally different things.
4:05PM on 03/12/2014

I have nothing against it

But let's see if everyone flips their shit about a white girl playing a native american like they did with Michael B. Jordon playing Storm
But let's see if everyone flips their shit about a white girl playing a native american like they did with Michael B. Jordon playing Storm
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4:47PM on 03/12/2014
Please look above for my correction on this terribly written post. IT came out wrong
Please look above for my correction on this terribly written post. IT came out wrong
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