If you’ve ever thought that Peter Pan’s story had more to tell, specifically from before he became the Pan, then Joe Wright‘s Pan is for you. We all know J.M. Barrie‘s story of the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, and now, thanks to writer Jason Fuchs, who is also writing a script for Warner Bros. Wonder Woman, we’ve got a very detailed look at Peter, before he became the Pan.
Pan stars Levi Miller as Peter, Garrett Hedlund as the young James Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, the chief pirate in charge of Neverland.
Hmm, there certainly is a lot going on there. While I don’t know if Peter really needs a back-story, Wright and the studio aren’t pulling any punches when it comes to the sheer spectacle of the film. The effects look incredible and the target demographic should love all the action and crazy flying. I can easily picture small children in the back yard wanting to be the Pan after watching this trailer. Whether this will translate into big box office returns remains to be seen. The $150 million dollar budget raises those stakes dramatically.
Here’s the official blurb about the movie:
From director Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”) comes “Pan,” a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.