With the remake of the classic “Peter Pan” comes a casting decision that isn’t sitting well with many; Rooney Mara as the young Native American girl Tiger Lily. Now, a petition has been started to get the attention of Warner Bros. and to get them to change the way they cast for films, especially children’s movies.
“Warner Bros. just announced Rooney Mara has been chosen to play the role of Tiger Lily, a Native American, in a Peter Pan adaptation. A statement by the studio was unapologetic, and said a black actress and a French actress were first considered for the role. This casting choice is particularly shameful for a children’s movie. Telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable. The studio statement mentioned, “The world being created is multi-racial/international – and a very different character than previously imagined.” Yet it stars Mara and two white guys – Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund. Not so multi-racial after all, Warner Bros. Tell Warner Bros. to stop casting white actors to play characters originally written as people of color!” the petition reads.
As of now, the petition has 4,750 signatures and needs 5,000.
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