Did Hollywood learn nothing from "The Lone Ranger"?
Rooney Mara has reportedly been tapped to play Native American princess Tiger Lily in an upcoming adaptation of Peter Pan called "Pan."
The movie is described as an "origin" tale for the title character and will costar Garrett Hedlund and Hugh Jackman.
According to Variety, the film's world is "multi-racial/international -- and a very different character than previously imagined."
So far, the casting doesn't seem all that "multi-racial" though, and critics have been quick to call out Rooney's role in particular.
FYI: The actress is of Irish, German, Italian and French-Canadian descent ... and, at least to our knowledge, not Native American.
Here's a sampling of the backlash below:
Chill out, you guys. They had to cast Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily because there aren't that many Native American actresses because genocide.— Jared Walking Eagle (@JWalkWMe) March 13, 2014
Rooney Mara is playing Tiger Lily in the new Peter Pan movie. WB, you aren't even trying anymore, are you? Are you freaking kidding me?— Shades of Limelight (@CertainshadesL) March 13, 2014
Rooney Mara being cast as Tiger Lily. Whitewashing will never end #stopwhitepeople2014— Perry Stevens (@perrystevens) March 13, 2014
Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily is the new Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm. That didn't take long.— Philip (@ShadowFedora) March 12, 2014
It's cool that Rooney Mara is playing Tiger Lily cause Mara is borderline CLEAR and T-Lily is a Native American...— jazz mancia (@jazzmancia) March 12, 2014
Rooney Mara has been cast as Tiger Lilly in a new Peter Pan film. Were all the Native American actresses busy? Excellent whitewashing there!— Laura Kemp (@KEMP_88) March 13, 2014
God forbid a Native American actress be cast to play a Native American character. Rooney Mara's great, but this blows http://t.co/BoILKZMv1T— Jo (@jo_ghattas) March 13, 2014
Well. I'm moody and 50% more Native American than Rooney Mara, so maybe *I* should be Tiger Lily? http://t.co/urFMWmxagp— Rachael (@rachaelnicole) March 13, 2014
I'm sorry, because I like and respect Rooney Mara, but would it have been THAT difficult to cast a Native American as Tiger Lily? #Pan— Maria Cardona ☾ (@mariacardona_) March 13, 2014
I'm waiting for Rooney Mara's Native American great-great-grandmother to conveniently show up in the mix.— Ariana Potichnyj ☽ (@potticus) March 12, 2014
Johnny Depp faced similar criticism when he was cast as Tonto in "The Lone Ranger."
While nobody is saying Rooney is a bad actress, is she right for the part? Sound off below!
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