There have been many versions of Peter Pan over the years, but no one has ever really attempted to tackle the character’s origin story. Director Joe Wright aims to fill in those gaps this fall with Pan, a visually stunning take on how the boy who never grew up came to Neverland in the first place, and at Comic-Con we got our best look yet at the film.
During a panel in Hall H, Wright debuted a new trailer for the film, as well as a lengthy clip showing the introduction of Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). While that clip was only intended for the Hall H crowd, the latest Pan trailer hit the Warner Bros. YouTube channel early this morning. Check it out right here.
There’s no denying that this film looks absolutely gorgeous, and Levi Miller seems like a good fit for the role of Peter. But even after three trailers, I’m still not sold on the idea – this just seems like an origin story that no one ever asked for. The Blackbeard character just feels like another version of Captain Hook, and the characterization of Hook himself (Garrett Hedlund) seems more like a bumbling Indiana Jones type than a fearsome pirate.
But who knows? Maybe this one will turn out alright after all. We’ll find out when Pan opens in theaters on October 9.
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.