Pan Trailer: Return to Neverland for the First Time

Here’s your reminder that Joe Wright’s “Peter Pan” prequel, Pan, still exists. And your reminder that it’s not going to be smooth sailing for Hugh Jackman after he gives up the Wolverine gig. Between Chappie and this troubled fantasy film, the actor might wind up wishing that he has a bigger – or any? – presence in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

The funny thing, sort of, is that Jackman’s portrayal of Blackbeard is one of the most appealing parts of this movie so far. Who know if he’ll actually be the best thing in it, but in the trailers he’s second only to the production design by Jean-Pierre Jeunet regular Aline Bonetto (The City of Lost Children; Amelie).

This new trailer highlights more of Rooney Mara as Tiger Lilly, and while it’s nice to see that she’s a tough character, there’s just no getting around the criticisms about her being a white actress playing a Native American role. Given how much negative attention has been paid to this issue I would have thought Warner Bros. was going to hide her more. Maybe instead the strategy is to say, “forget it, guys, at least she’s going to a strong female!”

If you’re still interested in Pan, remember that it’s no longer coming out this summer. Instead, look for it October 9th.

Here’s your reminder of the full synopsis:

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes, “Pan,” a live-action Peter Pan feature directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”).

Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny – to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

The film stars Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) as Hook; Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) as Tiger Lily; Adeel Akhtar (“The Dictator”) as Smee; and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter.

Rounding out the cast are Taejoo Na (“The Kick”) as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie (“Son of God,” “Atonement”) as Bishop; Kathy Burke (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan (“Skyfall”) as Murray; Lewis MacDougall (UK TV’s “In the Name of the Children”) as Nibs; newcomer Leni Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling; Jack Charles (“Mystery Road”) as The Chief/Tiger Lily’s father; and Amanda Seyfried (“Les Misérables”) as Mary.

Wright directs “Pan” from a screenplay written by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Paul Webster are producing, with Tim Lewis serving as executive producer.

Filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, “Pan,” is set for a worldwide release in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX® on October 9, 2015.

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Christopher began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called 'Read,' back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials.