Rooney Mara And Adeel Akhtar Set To Join The Cast Of Joe Wright's 'Pan' As Tiger Lily And Smee

A few months back, the date July 17, 2015 had been marked on the calenders of many movie goers as the day Batman Vs. Superman would be released. But as it would turn out, following Warner Bros. announcement that they'd be moving the release to 2016, the original 2015 release date lost all its significance. Many have forgotten about the second half of that announcement, as the move of Batman Vs. Superman paved the way for Joe Wright's Pan to finally find its own release date. With stars Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Hugh Jackman (Prisoners) already on board, the film may not be so forgotten after all.

And the film's attention will now grow for even greater reason, as The Wrap has recently reported that stars Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions) will be joining the film's cast. Mara will reportedly play Tiger Lily, who in the original story was the daughter of a Native American chief and a mild love interest for Peter. Akhtar on the other hand will be playing  Smee, the classic right hand man to Hook, who will be played by Garrett Hedlund. Smee has most notably been played by Bob Hoskins in previously in live action work such as the film Hook and miniseries Neverland.
The casting of Adeel Akhtar as Smee seems like a great fit for the version of the story to tell. At only thirty three, Akhtar is much younger than the past white haired incarnation of the character we're used to seeing on screen. But this seems to be the perfect fit for a younger version of Smee who will likely already be accompanying Hedlund's Hook, although it's possible Smee may be working with the films villain Blackbeard (Played by Hugh Jackman). That being said, it would be very interesting to see the film explore the younger years of Hook and Smee's relationship, and perhaps even show us how the first met in the first place.
But now while Akhtar's casting seems to be settling well amongst fans, Mara's has been stirring up some controversy. There of course is always a certain degree of backlash whenever a big budget film casts a white actor in the role of a minority (Or vice versa), yet this isn't the only reason behind problem. Tiger Lily is usually portrayed as a young girl around the age of Peter, which is seemingly off for an actress like Mara. Many have drawn comparisons between this casting decision and that of Johnny Depp as Tonto in The Lone Ranger, who just so happens to be a Native American character as well. Ironically enough, The Wrap mentioned that director Joe Wright (Hanna) is looking for a very diverse cast, which makes the casting of Mara seem all the more odd.
So what do you think of Rooney Mara playing Tiger Lily and Adeel Akhtar as Smee? Would you have preferred to see someone else cast in these roles? Let us know below!