On a sunny Sunday, within a small square in central London, a magical land emerged from the concrete — where pirate ships lay wrecked upon traitorous blue carpet rivers, surrounded by forests and colorful tents.
Tribes, Lost Boys and pirates flew into a transformed Leicester Square, now a newly vibrant and magical Neverland, for the world bow of origin story “Pan,” the screening hijacking both Odeon and Empire cinemas.
With guests decked and decorated in Neverland-style garb, pic’s rebel Tiger Lily, Rooney Mara, joined her comrades Levi Miller, Cara Delevingne, Garrett Hedlund and official captain, director Joe Wright, for the wild adventure.
Pic’s baddie, Hugh Jackman said he’d had his own visions for his character, vicious pirate Blackbeard’s, appearance. Yet Wright had other plans, Jackman explained. “Joe had a picture of my face, with a wig of Marie Antoinette and the body of Louis XIV,” he said. “On seeing that, I said, ‘I’m in’.”
Pre-pic, Wright finished his introduction with, “Hope you enjoy it. Lots of love, bye.” Slightly embarrassed with his casual conclusion, he mused as he walked off stage, “Sounded like a telephone call.” On final hang-up, the Neverland battle commenced.