Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara and other Hollywood stars shine bright on the red carpet in London ahead of ‘Pan’ world premiere.
(WARNER BROS. PICTURES) – Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara and other Hollywood stars walked the red carpet under warm autumn sunshine in central London ahead of live-action feature “Pan” world premiere.
The Peter Pan origin story starts in London during World War Two in a bleak London orphanage. Peter (Levi Miller), a mischievous 12-year-old boy, 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 as he is trying to uncover the secret of his mother who left him at the orphanage a long time ago. He teams up with warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and makes friends with James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) in order to 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.
As director Joe Wright explains, he wanted to make a film that is funny but also portrays a very special relationship between a mother and a child.
“(The script is) adventurous and incredibly ambitious, and at the heart of it had a very intense personal story about a boy looking for his mum and having just become a parent myself and watching that love between son and mother, I wanted to make a film that will witness to that relationship,” Wright said.
Actor Hugh Jackman said the film provides an interesting perspective on the adult world viewed by children: “Neverland is a child’s imagination, it’s a dream and adults therefore are seen from a children’s perspective which is frightening and ridiculous. So there was no wrong, there was only right and we spend weeks actually creating the characters and the dynamic, and I loved doing this with Joe, it was great.”
When Peter Pan arrives in Neverland, pirates with Blackbeard at the head greet children with a chorus of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teens Spirit”. Jackman said filming this episode was one of the best on-set experiences he had ever had.
“That’s the day I’ll never forget. Come on, singing “(Smells Like) Teen Spirit”, hundreds of kids chanting it, you know, that was pretty cool.”
The young Levi Miller, who stars as Pan, was selected during a worldwide search and told media at the red carpet that being part of the film was a dream come true for him.
“Filming the whole film, it was so much fun, an experience like no other. It was a dream come true, really, and yeah, it was crazy,” Miller said.
The film attracted some controversy in the early stages of production after actress Rooney Mara was cast for the role of Tiger Lily, a character that is a Native American in a Peter Pan adaptation.
“When I was first approached for it, I felt that same way, I was like ‘well, how can I play that part?’. And then I met with Joe and he explained his vision for Neverland and for the Natives and what the Native village would be like, it just made sense to me and I wanted to work with him and I wanted to be a part of the story. You know, it’s a story I grew up loving, so yeah, I wanted to be a part of it,” Mara said.
“Pan” will hit the screens on Oct. 9.