Rooney Mara In Talks To Play Tiger Lily In Joe Wright's Pan

Director Joe Wright's upcoming Peter Pan origin story Pan has not yet found the 10-12 year old actor who will play the titular role, but it has been busy putting together a fantastic supporting cast. We've already learned that Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund will be playing the pirates Blackbeard and Hook, respectively, but now The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Rooney Mara is in negotiations to play a character fans of the classic story will certainly recognize.

Should all go according to plan and the dotted line get signed, Mara will take on the role of Tiger Lily, the Native American princess who lives in Neverland. It's not entirely clear how she will fit into the plot, which follows a young Peter - living as an orphan in London - who is taken away to the aforementioned magical world and does battle with Blackbeard. The casting search is on for the young Pan, and it's possible that the supporting cast could add a few more recognizable names and faces. The plot is expected to be very different take on the classic Peter Pan story and will change up the stories behind the characters.

The film is actually a nice change of pace for Mara, who has been very selective about her project choices in recent years and has leaned towards dark dramas and more adult-oriented material:

Coming up soon for Mara is the release of the Stephen Daldry-directed thriller Trash - which will be in theaters in the UK this May - but she has also completed work on Terrence Malick's next project. She is currently filming the Todd Haynes-directed lesbian drama Carol, which pairs her up with Cate Blanchett.

Pan will be Wright's first film since his 2012 adaptation of Anna Karenina, and has been set by Warner Bros. to be released on July 17, 2015. Jason Fuchs, one of the screenwriters on Ice Age: Continental Drift, is penning the screenplay.

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