Pan trailer promises colourful Peter Pen remake starring Cara Delevingne as a mermaid

Rooney Mara's casting as Tiger Lily sparked an anti-whitewashing petition

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The new trailer for Pan sees a young Peter transported to Neverland on a magical ship, take a dip in the mermaid lagoon and swear “never to bow” to the villainous pirates.

Newcomers Levi Miller and Leni Zieglmeier star as Peter and Wendy, alongside Hugh Jackman as pirate Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Adeel Akhtar as Smee, Amanda Seyfried as Mary and Cara Delevingne as a mermaid.

Joe Wright is directing Pan for Warner Bros, following success with Atonement and Pride and Prejudice.

This new live-action take on JM Barrie’s classic story follows an orphan who is “spirited away” to magical Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger before discovering his destiny is to become the hero Peter Pan.

The first trailer for Pan dropped last November, offering the first look at US actress Mara, whose casting as ‘Native American’ princess Tiger Lily has been met with controversy.

More than 20,000 angry fans signed an online petition calling for an ethnic actress to be given the part and accusing casting executives of “whitewashing”. Devery Jacobs, Adele Exarchopoulos and Lupita Nyong’o all auditioned for the role.

The Hollywood Diversity Report published last year revealed that only 11 per cent of films cast an ethnic minority actor in a lead role, while ethnic minority actors made up just 10 per cent of the cast in the majority of movies.

Tiger Lily’s Native American heritage has not always been dealt with sensitively in adaptations of Peter Pan, with Disney’s much-loved animated film including the song “What Makes the Red Man Red”.

Pan reaches UK cinemas on 16 October this year.

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