The Joe Wright directed “Peter Pan” film adaptation has finally released its first trailer. Pan is an origin story to the classic tale and it stars Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, and Levi Miller.
The trailer shows Jackman as Blackbeard and Mara as Tiger Lily (despite not being Native American in the least). Hedlund plays a younger version of Captain Hook. Newcomer Levi Miller will play the titular character of Peter Pan.
Pan will hit theaters on July 17, 2015. You can watch the new trailer below:
The character of Peter Pan was created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. Peter Pan is a mischievous boy who can fly and never grows up. He spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang, the Lost Boys, interacting with mermaids, Native Americans, fairies, pirates, and occasionally ordinary children from the world outside of Neverland.
Joe Wright’s Pan has added one more cast member. Rooney Mara has been cast in the role of Tiger Lily according to a report from Variety. She joins already cast actors, Garrett Hedlund and Hugh Jackman.
J.M. Barrie’s iconic character Peter Pan gets a new story in Pan as the story takes place during World War II and follows young Peter, an orphan, who is kidnapped by pirates and taken away to Neverland.
Tiger Lily, in the original book, is princess of a tribe of Native Americans living in Neverland. In many adaptations, she serves as a love interest for Peter.
Wright is directing from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti and Paul Webster are serving as producers. The film is set for a worldwide release on July 17, 2015, opening opposite Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man.
It seems that the Joe Wright directed origin tale for “Peter Pan” is moving forward as according to Deadline, casting is now underway. Warner Bros. appears to being eyeing Javier Bardem (not to be confused with Jeffrey Dean Morgan) for the lead villain role in the film adaptation also known as the pirate Blackbeard.
Bardem is no stranger to villain roles as he is most known for portraying Anton Chigur in No County For Old Men. The film will be based on the J.M. Barrie’s classic character as an orphan taken to the magical world of Neverland, where he becomes the savior of the natives and leads a rebellion against evil pirates.
“Peter Pan” fans may be wondering why the film has chosen to feature Blackbeard instead of Captain Hook however there is no word on why the change has taken place. Jason Fuchs has been hired to provide the screenplay while “Arrow” executive producer Greg Berlanti producing under his Berlanti Productions and Sarah Schechter overseeing for Warner Bros.
This film from Wright should not be confused with the similarly-themed “origin story” take on the property is also in the works at Columbia Pictures with Neverland.
The studio has not announced any other talent being eyed for roles in the film or an anticipated release date for the origin-story adaptation.
Joe Wright, most known for his work on films such as Hanna and Atonement, is reportedly looking at adapting the classic tale of Peter Pan which was originally created by J.M. Barrie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jason Fuchs will pen the screenplay for the project with Greg Berlanti producing. Fuchs is most known for writing the script for Ice Age: Continental Drift. Berlanti is currently serving as executive producer of the CW series, “Arrow.”
Peter Pan has been previously adapted several times over the past decades such as the famous 1953 animated Disney feature and the 1991 Steven Spielberg film Hook, a sequel of sorts to the original tale which starred Robin Williams (that is utterly awesome.) The literal origin of “Peter Pan” was also detailed on film in the 2004 biopic of Barrie, Finding Neverland, starring Johnny Depp in the lead (and it was only okay.)
There is no word yet on when production will begin on the film or who the studio is eyeing to take the lead roles. More news will be released as the project moves forward over the next several months.
This project should not be confused with the similarly themed “origin story” film that is currently in the works at Columbia Pictures and Neverland.