Here’s what Native American princess “Tiger Lily” looked like in Disney’s “Peter Pan.”
And here’s Rooney Mara, the 28-year-old actress who was just cast as the “Tiger Lily” character in a new live-action adaptation titled “Pan” from director Joe Wright.
The two don’t exactly look identical, and fans are not pleased.
A new petition protesting Warner Bros.’ casting has already collected over 4,300 signatures, after launching on Tuesday.
The Care2 petition notes that the original character in the J. M. Barrie story is a Native American princess, stating: “The casting choice is particularly shameful for a children’s movie. Telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable.”
But as Variety reports, “The studio took on exhaustive search in finding the right girl to play Lily, looking at other actresses such as Lupita Nyong’o and ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ thespian Adele Exarchopoulos before going out to Mara for the role.”
White actors Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund are also set to star in “Pan,” which the petition takes issue with as well, stating, “Not so multi-racial after all, Warner Bros. Tell Warner Bros. to stop casting white actors to play characters originally written as people of colour!”
Twitter has also been abuzz over the casting controversy:
Rooney Mara is an incredibly gifted, insightful artist. But come on. You couldn’t find a Native American actress to play Tiger Lily!?!?
— Jessica Jade Andres (@JessicaJAndres) March 12, 2014
Rooney Mara, just say no to racism. do not participate in native misappropriation. do not participate in white washing. just don’t. kthxsbi
— Iris bull (@ibull) March 14, 2014
NOOOO. Rooney Mara. Don’t. Please. Stop. You were so good in the girl with the dragon tattoo. Racism doesn’t look good on you. :(:(:(
— Samuel Black (@hastiinlizhini) March 13, 2014
“Pan” is slated for release on July 17, 2015.
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