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Rooney Mara Cast as Tiger Lily – Tanning Business is Booming in Hollywood

Another role for minorities is taken in favor or name and “color”….

TigerLilyIt was announced earlier this week that Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara has been cast as Tiger Lily in the next adaptation of Peter Pan titled simply, Pan.  Directed by Joe Wright, the cast is shaping up with the likes of Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund as Hook.  However, the film is already stirring up controversy casting Mara in the role that could have been provided to one of our non-working Native American actors out there, still looking for roles that are “right for them.”  Providing another example of roles in Hollywood that could easily seek someone of the same race and/or culture to play a character but they go with the familiar Caucasian actress with a big name.

Over the past few weeks, staff writer Cristina Lule has taken a look at Latinas and most recently Black women in Hollywood being denied or not given the opportunity to play roles that could have their race switched with no storyline changes or overall mood of the film.  I also dove into the same argument before the Oscar nominations.  We’ve seen this too many times with Jennifer Connelly winning the Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind playing a woman from El Salvador.

Yet again, here we are.  If you couldn’t find a Native American actress, which I’m sure there are plenty to choose from, what happened to the Latina actresses, many of which have Native American roots, being tapped?  It’s just another frustrating thing to see for minorities in the cinematic world.  With 12 Years a Slave winning Best Picture, many get excited and see “progress,” but it doesn’t matter if Hollywood doesn’t “progress” too.  I love the movies but I want to see more dynamic and creative casting choices.  I think Mara is a very talented actress but seeing her with dark makeup or worse yet, just looking like her pale skin-self is not something I’m looking forward to.  What’s sad is that I can even name too many Native American actresses because of how rare they are.  When I think of Native American actors, the first names that come to my mind are Wes Studi and Graham Greene, two staples in the 90’s when Hollywood went down the route of Dances with Wolves and Geronimo.  I can’t think of any women without having to venture off into iMDB.

What about Melonie Diaz for the role?  Hell, you can go down a route where you cast Keisha Castle-Hughes and that would have a better reaction.  I’m sure there are many lovers of The New World that would like to see Q’orianka Kilcher working again. This is just the tip of the iceberg.  We’re about to get the adaptation of Noah with the wholesome looking white family that includes Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, and Jennifer Connelly and then later this year, the story of Moses with Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, and Aaron Paul in Ridley Scott’s Exodus.  Tanning beds are going to be in high demand this year.

Your move Hollywood.  Let’s try to rectify this.

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.

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