From Warner Bros. Pictures comes, “Pan,” a live-action Peter Pan feature directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”). The story of Pan and Neverland have been told and retold so many times on screen, I have honestly lost count of which ones I liked and which ones were horrible. Some of the more notable recent attempts, including the Neverland arc on ABC’s Once Upon A Time, were fairly unique takes on the story. Warner Bros newest attempt may just be another great attempt but it is also flirting with disaster as you will see in the trailer itself.
Origin stories have been all the rage for TV and film in the past few years and some have done well and others horribly. This trailer reveals a rather whacky approach at the origin story for Pan. Yet we are talking about the boy who went off to Neverland and never grew up, so whats really whacky in a world like that?
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 July 17, 2015.