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Fans protest against Pan casting

Peter Pan fans have called for more multi-racial stars to be offered roles in the new origins remake of the classic tale.

Rooney Mara, Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund are in talks to play Tiger Lily, Captain Blackbeard and Captain Hook respectively in the Warner Bros reboot Pan, but a new petition is protesting against the casting, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Care2 petition, which has collected more than 4,000 signatures within days of launching, asks that the role of Tiger Lily - whose character is a Native American princess in the JM Barrie books - should be given to someone of colour.

"The casting choice is particularly shameful for a children's movie. Telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable," the petition reads.

"Yet it stars Mara and two white guys - Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund. Not so multi-racial after all, Warner Bros. Tell Warner Bros to stop casting white actors to play characters originally written as people of colour!"

12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o was previously considered for the part of Tiger Lily in the new adaptation.

Pan, which will be directed by Atonement's Joe Wright, will tell the story of young orphan boy Peter Pan (tipped to be played by Levi Miller), who is spirited away from London to the magical Neverland.

The film is scheduled for a release in July 2015.

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