2015 has been memorable for movies to say the least, and it’s not over yet. There are several more blockbusters opening in the fall (Star Wars: Episode VII, Spectre), along with awards-bait prestige fare (In the Heart of the Sea, Trumbo). Falling somewhere in between (at least in theory) is Atonement director Joe Wright’s Pan.
This new reimagining of J.M. Barrie’s classic character stars Levi Miller as a young Peter Pan, who must free Neverland from the tyrannical clutches of the villainous pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), with the help of a young James Hook (Garrett Hedlund). Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) also joins the cast as a warrior version of Tiger Lily.
We can consider Pan a reboot, but as seen in the film’s trailers, this is an all new approach to the story of Peter Pan and the various goings-on in Neverland. Screenwriter Jason Fuchs, who has also been tasked with penning the upcoming Wonder Woman solo movie, has infused the iconic tale with some familiar fantasy elements to jump-start what everyone involved likely hopes can be a new franchise And now we have a handful of new character posters with taglines driving this concept home.
Take a look at the posters below:
In this new storyline, Peter is an orphan who is kidnapped along with many other children by Blackbeard, who enslaves them in Neverland. Peter finds a friend and ally in the future Captain Hook and discovers that it may be his destiny to overthrow Blackbeard and free this magical land where time stands still. These character posters underline this revisionist approach to the material, recasting the initial roles of Hook and Tiger Lily in the story, while simultaneously highlighting Pan‘s luscious visuals.
Audiences may not have been clamoring for a reboot of Peter Pan, but the film’s production design and visual approach may turn out to be Pan‘s trump card. The spectacle alone might be worth the price of admission, given the impressive staging of Joe Wright’s previous films – Anna Karenina, Hanna. And with the movie’s release date delayed due to the extensive post-production needs, signalling a concerted effort to get this one right, Pan‘s winning cast, visuals and new approach to the Boy Who Never Grew Up might win over fans in the end.
Pan opens in U.S. theaters on October 9th, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros.