Most actors would kill for this kind of break with only four credits to their name. But then again, most actors Levi Miller‘s age don’t have four credits to their name. The young actor has been cast in Joe Wright‘s new retelling of Peter Pan’s origin in the simply titled Pan alongside Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, and Garrett Hedlund.
The casting news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who note Miller’s past credits which include two short films and an episode of Terra Nova, Pan will be his first feature role. That was Wright’s intention of course, to recruit an unknown kid to take up the part of the iconic boy who’d never grow up. In this new take on the classic J.M. Barrie story, Peter is an orphaned kid in London who’s plucked from the mean streets and taken to the danger filled Neverland where he becomes a legend. Jackman will play Blackbeard, Hedlund will be Hook, and Mara’s going to be the new Tiger Lily.
Obviously, there’s no real way to know how well Miller will pull of the part of Peter Pan, but it’s not too often we see an actual, factual kid play the part. Even Jeremy Sumpter, who played the part in P.J. Hogan‘s 2003 Peter Pan was a teenage by the time the movie came out. The kid certainly has an ethereal quality in those blues eyes, so he’s got akind of otherworldly look that might suit the part. Certainly Wright is a talented filmmaker with a gift for casting, he’s pretty much the one that discovered Saoirse Ronan with Atonement, so we should be, at least, interested in seeing what he can do with with the cast he’s gathering.
Pan will be in theaters July 17, 2015.
Source: Cinema Blend