The Care2 petition, which now contains more than 4,000 signatures, objects to the casting of a Caucasian woman in the role of a Native American, saying, "The casting choice is particularly shameful for a children's movie. Telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable."
The petition also 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 color!"
The movie "Pan" is not the first time a white actress has been cast as Tiger Lily; the 1960 recording of the musical Peter Pan featured Sondra Lee in the role. The musical will be presented by NBC in December 2014; no casting for the live TV production has been announced.