There was quite a bit of controversy surrounding a rumor that Rooney Mara, famous for her role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, would be playing a Native American in a new film from Warner Bros. The rumor seems to be true and she will join actors Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund for Pan, a different take on the classic Peter Pan story.
Joe Wright will be directing the film written by Jason Fuchs. It will take a look at a young orphan boy cast into the world of Neverland and the villains he encounters. The cast will be international, showing different aspects of the classic tale through different worldly outlooks. It will, no doubt, be a magical experience to watch.
The controversy lies within the fact that a white woman would be playing a Native American role where they are already largely underrepresented in Hollywood. In addition, the character of Tiger Lily in, Peter Pan, was one huge stereotype of Native Americans. The thought of someone like Mara playing such a sensitive role has struck a few nerves.
We have to keep in mind, though, that this will be a new take on the story entirely. We are in the year 2014 and things are not perfect, but they are enormously more progressive than they once were. Although Hollywood is not known for being particularly sensitive to issues of prejudice, this film seems as though it will be written and produced in a thoughtful way. It is set to come out June of 2015.