Fairy tales to me are never happy, sweet stories. They’re moral stories about overcoming the dark side and the bad.
– Joe Wright
Joe Wright, whose feature debut Pride and Prejudice (2005 version) cemented his reputation as the maker of films involving the English countryside, large dresses, and Keira Knightley, has always had an penchant for fantasy, instilling a sort of mysticism and theatricality a child feels when watching a stage performance in his work. Since his take on Anna Karenina in 2012, Wright has jumped headlong into a fantasy world with his next film Pan (July 17 via. Warner Bros. in the US, July 16 via. Roadshow in Australia), a take on the origins of the characters from Peter Pan. ‘Dark’ fairytales and origin stories have been dime-a-dozen since Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland in 2011, but Wright, who last broke out of the period costume into a fairytale of sorts back in 2011 with the excellent Hanna, could maybe bring something else to the table.
Pan stars Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily (a controversial casting decision), and Levi Miller in the title role.