Joe Wright’s new “Pan” film project, which is his version of J. M. Barrie’s classic “Peter Pan”, has gotten a lot of media attention and angry fans lately due to the latest casting choice.
Rooney Mara, of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” fame, is in final negotiations for the role of Tiger Lily.
As great of an actress Mara is, we still can’t get over the fact that they chose a white actress to play a Native American role, a role which is already scarce to find as it is for a real Native American actress.
The worst part is that we can’t even say that they tried looking for a Native, as Prospector Films tweeted a response saying that, “(Native American actress) Kawennahere Devery Jacobs auditioned for the role but was told that they were looking for a Caucasian instead.”
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We love Rooney, and we’re really excited for the film but this decision made by them was terribly irresponsible. So if they do decide to pick someone else, we are proud to present these Native American actresses that could rock the part as well as Rooney could!
She auditioned for the role and they turned her down because she was Native American? The 20 year old actress has been turning heads since she had been nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Aila in “Rhymes for Young Ghouls”, at the Canadian Screen Awards. Plus, she’s breathtakingly gorgeous. How could they have turned her down?
Q’orianka had already took the world by storm with her role as Pocahontas in Terrence Malick’s “A New World” epic when she was just 14 years old! Now that she’s 24, she could fit in the role as well as Rooney in terms of age, and she has the terrific acting chops to boot. A bonus fact about her is that she’s a great environmental and human rights activist.
The English, Native American (Choctaw and Chickasaw) and African-American actress has starred in the “Twilight” movies and “ER”, and has since than gained the adoration and a following worldwide. “Twilight” does that to people.
She might only be a quarter Native American, but she can still look the part of Tiger Lily. She also has a massive fan following from her “High School Musical” days and she’s not been stopping since with film projects like “Spring Break” and “Machete Kills”. Having her on board would also attract a lot more people to watch the film.
The Canadian actress even starred in “Blackstone”, an unmuted exploration of community, power and politics on a First Nation reserve. So she definitely fits the part. She’s also a model, a prize winning beauty queen and an international motivational speaker for TED talks and Harvard. What more could you possibly want?
Besides this controversy, there has always been many other big roles of major productions that has taken original characters of a different race and whitewashed it for film, like olive skinned Katniss Everdeen of “The Hunger Games”, ended up being a role for Jennifer Lawrence.