Not sure how to feel about this one. It was reported that Rooney Mara is in talks to play Princess Tiger Lily in a remake of Peter Pan to be directed by Joe Wright. Uproar ensued as the majority of folks online are wondering, why is she playing Tiger Lily when there are plenty of Native actresses they could have approached. Supposedly the director of this Peter Pan remake is envisioning a multi-racial world, so the casting directors looked to actresses from all backgrounds including Adele Exarchopoulos and Lupita Nyong’o. However eyebrows have been raised since most of the actors already chosen for starring roles are white.
So what do you think? Should the director have approached Native actresses for the role, or is this a win for Native Americans since the original film was full of racist and sexist stereotypes.
Read more on the story in this opinion piece from Matthew Hammett Knott with IndieWire.
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