‘Pan': Hugh Jackman Reveals His Blackbeard Look

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With Disney’s Maleficent a certified box office hit, it looks like audiences are still eager to see their favorite fairy tales come to life in a darker, grittier fashion than the animated musicals of years past. The Mouse House too has an Alice in Wonderland sequel on the way, and for its part, Sony has been developing Pan, its Peter Pan origin story from director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement).

That film has been making its way through development, with Levi Miller set to play the title character and Garrett Hedlund and Hugh Jackman as Hook and Blackbeard, respectively. However, fans who are anxiously awaiting the film’s summer 2015 release date now have their first look at one of the lead characters, courtesy of Jackman himself.

The X-Men: Days of Future Past star took to his Instagram account to share a picture of himself – presumably in the makeup chair – as gets into character as Blackbeard. See the below image for an idea of how he’ll look in the film.

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Jackman’s bald, bearded face is nothing if not dramatic and certainly brings a sleeker, somewhat more stylish flair to the sinister Blackbeard, whose most recent high-profile big-screen portrayal was that of Ian McShane in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It’s hard to judge exactly how effective the character will play in full costume in the finished film, and Jackman’s look does call to mind his portrayal of Jean Valjean in the Oscar-winning musical Les Miserables (see below).

(Sidenote: This also explains why Jackman was sporting an impressive amount of facial hair, during his stint as host for the 2014 Tony Awards Ceremony – before having his scruff-gone-mad cut down a bit and groomed for his role as Blackbeard, that is.)

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Despite this similarity, we’re hopeful that Jackman can breathe fun, entertaining life to the legendary pirate and bring a bit of the intensity he lent to last year’s Prisoners. After all, playing such an evil character will mark an interesting change of pace for the actor, career-wise, and give him a much-deserved break from playing everyone’s favorite adamantium-clawed superhero before filming begins on X-Men: Apocalypse and/or the third Wolverine film (which may be filming back-to-back).

Pan also stars Jackman’s Les Miserables co-star Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara and Adeel Akhtar and could prove to be one of next summer’s biggest films, especially considering that it’s been over a decade since the last big-budget Peter Pan hit screens.

What do you think of Jackman’s bald-headed interpretation of Blackbeard thus far? Are you excited to see this new take on the Peter Pan story, or is this one re-imagined fairy tale too many? Let us know in the comments section below.


Joe Wright’s Pan hits theaters on July 17, 2015.

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  1. The moment I saw him, I instantly heard Russell Crowe shouting:

    “FIVE YEARS for what you did! The rest because you tried to run! Yes, 24601!”

    • My name is Jean Valjean..

  2. Really looking forward to this! Peter Pan was always my favorite story when I was a kid.

  3. I really enjoyed Syfy’s Neverland miniseries about the Pan origin and I am stoked for this. Though Jackman’s beard at the Tony’s was awesome.

    • Is that the one with Rhys Ifans as James Hook?

      BSkyB made that for their Sky1 channel here in the UK, probably the best origin story we’ll get unless this one looks half decent.

      • That is the one

  4. He looks like a mix between his future and spaniard roles in the fountain. Fountain.. Such s good movie.

  5. I’m confused, I thought Hook was the name of the pirate in Peter Pan. Is it like an Expendables thing, are we going to see Jack Sparrow too?

    • There are a lot of pirates in Peter Pan. But this is a prequel, and I believe it focuses on Peter Pan and Captain Hook as friends. Blackbeard is the villain in this movie.

      • Kinda like Magneto and Charles Xavier in the early days? Sorry, think I’ll pass. This movie does not hold much interest for me.

      • Actually, Hook is really the only pirate captain in Peter Pan (granted, his crew are there, but Hook is the only captain). The only Peter Pan books that are official canon are: Peter Pan and Peter Pan In Scarlet. Any other pirate captains in any other books could be considered a little more than “fan fiction” from the original story.

  6. Was this written by the chronicle screenwriter? I think his name is Max Landis. I remember him talking about a hook / pan origin story that sounded similar to this. Think it was on a nerdist podcast.

  7. Is it me or does Hugh look like he could play a young Professor X ?

  8. If you combined Jackman as Blackbeard with Captain Hook, probably only one hook would pop out of the back of his hand like a claw.

  9. ^^^ The weirdest thing i read on comment section that made me think too hard about it.

    I’ve been thinking about “hook-shaped claws that retractable from each arms” for about an hour…

  10. I’m pretty sure Pan is Warner Bros not Sony…

  11. now can someone explain to me the story of HOOk and Peter becuase after watching Neverland Peter works for him, in this story its saying there friends, so what forces them to work together and im assuming this is in the 1700s since blackbeard is in it?

  12. I’m just looking forward to my precious granddaughter in her little role in this great film!