‘Pan’ trailer: Hugh Jackman’s Blackbeard sails through Neverland [video]

Nov. 25, 2014 | 12:39 p.m.

Hugh Jackman channels his inner pirate in the new trailer for “Pan,” the latest fairy tale retelling headed for the big screen.

Directed by Joe Wright, “Pan” serves as a prequel to the traditional Peter Pan story, with Jackman stepping in as Blackbeard, the leader of a clan of flamboyant pirates who ferry young Peter (newcomer Levi Miller) from an English orphanage into the colorful realm of Neverland. There, he encounters a dashing — and not yet villainous — Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and an empowered Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara).

Acclaimed filmmaker Wright is perhaps best known for period dramas such as “Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement” and “Anna Karenina,” and the trailer for his latest underscores his facility for sumptuous detail, though he wasn’t the sole architect of the movie’s distinct look; Aline Bonetto, who previously collaborated with singular stylist Jean-Pierre Jeunet, served as “Pan’s” production designer.

Written by Jason Fuchs, “Pan” is set for release July 17, several months after the debut of Disney’s “Cinderella,” starring Lily James as the storybook princess.

What do you think of the new “Pan” trailer? Are you looking forward to Wright’s family-friendly take on a classic?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre | @LATherocomplex

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