At the official website called the “Care2 Petition Site.” Kristi Arnold authored a petition targeting CEO Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. Entertainment. That petition is titled, “Warner Bros: Stop Casting White Actors to Play People of Color!” A white-caucasain actress named Rooney Mara was reportedly cast as Native American princess “Tiger Lily” in the new film of “Peter Pan” (Re-titled “Pan”). The petition has received 7,177 signed signatures as of Friday March 21, 2014.
In response to the petition from Warner Bros. Kristi Arnold claims that, “A statement by the studio was unapologetic, and said a black actress and a French actress were first considered for the role (Tiger Lily).” The Hollywood Reporter notes that the statement by Warner Bros., was taken from a news story & not by the studio itself or any of its' representatives.
“Deadline Hollywood” reported that on March 12, 2014, Rooney Mara was only in-talks to portray Tiger Lily. “Variety” also reported on March 18 that Mara was in-talks to play Lily. However, the website of the “Internet Movie Database” (IMDB) has Rooney Mara listed in the casting credits as Tiger Lily.
Casting calls continue for “Pan” according to the official website of “Acting Auditions.” The “Chief” of the Native American tribe in Neverland has not been cast. He is Tiger Lily's father. “Kiowa”, the greatest warrior, has not been cast either. “Acting Auditions” also claims that Rooney Mara has been cast as Tiger Lily.
According to the entertainment blog, “Deadline Hollywood.” The “Pan” screenplay written by Jason Fuchs is about how, “An orphan is taken to the magical world of Neverland, where he becomes the savior of the natives and leads a rebellion against the evil pirates led by Blackbeard.”
The film will be directed by Joe Wright. Hugh Jackman will portray “Blackbeard.” Garrett Hedlund will tackle the role of “Captain Hook” & Levi Miller has been cast in the title role of “Peter Pan.” In the original story book, Tiger Lily is the princess of a Native American Tribe in the fictional Neverland. The movie is set to be released in U.S. theaters July 17, 2015.
There are reportedly two more “Peter Pan” films in the works along side “Pan” at Warner Bros. We don't know how it will all play out, but for now “Pan” moves forward admidst controversy over a white-caucasain actress portraying a fictional Native American princess.