Hugh Jackman Set as Blackbeard in ‘Peter Pan'; Garrett Hedlund Cast as Hook

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Hearing any new details about the upcoming Peter Pan movie can be a little confusing, because there are actually multiple Peter Pan movies currently at various stages of development. It’s one of the perils of well-loved stories that are in the public domain. The Peter Pan movie that seems to be winning the race, however, is Warner Bros’ version, with director Joe Wright (The Soloist) at the helm.

Casting on the film has been ongoing for the past few months, with various names thrown into the mix including Ryan Gosling and Javier Bardem, and Warner Bros has already set a release date for summer 2015.

Thanks to the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, pirates are back in style and extra pirates are being thrown into Wright’s film just to make the whole affair as piratey as possible. Those pirates are also the first to be cast as Deadline has confirmed that Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) will be playing the role of Blackbeard, and THR reports that Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy) has been cast as Hook.

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A fresh-faced 29 year-old like Hedlund probably isn’t what most people have in mind when they hear the name Captain James Hook, but Wright’s film is actually a prequel to J. M. Barrie’s original story rather than an adaptation of it. In this version, Pan and Hook are close friends despite Hook working on the crew of Blackbeard’s ship. Jackman, meanwhile, will be playing the villain role and presumably corrupting young Hook along the way. It’s rare to see Jackman playing an all-out bad guy, so it will be interesting to see how he approaches it.

This particular material is also a step outside of Wright’s usual comfort zone, as his resume so far largely consists of more serious drama films like Atonement, Pride and Prejudice and Hanna. With that in mind, his recent adaptation of Anna Karenina brought out more surreal and stylized elements of his vision, as the film was framed by the central concept of a theatre stage and transitioned between scenes in a style similar to a play, with setpieces being moved and changed around the actors. It would be great to see that kind of creativity applied to a much-told story like Peter Pan.


Joe Wright’s Untitled Peter Pan Movie is set for release on July 17, 2015.

Source: THR & Deadline

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  1. Sounds interesting. Hugh Jackman as a villain, Blackbeard? Come on! Who wouldn’t want to see that?

    • Just picture him as his character from Prisoners, but who is never nice and good 😉
      When he’s nasty, he scared the hell out of me in that movie… for real.

      • Loved that movie. Jackman’s performance in that film is incredible. Now, he’s playing a role as a villain, Blackbeard the most feared pirate. What’s interesting, Joe Wright said he wanted this story to be dark. So Hugh Jackman will probably give us a terrifying performance.

  2. At first I thought Garret Hedlund as Hook is an extremely bizarre choice but reading into it and knowing this is more of a prequel/origin story it actually seems ok.

    And hugh Jackman as a villain moreso a Pirate none other than Blackbeard!? hell YEAH!

  3. FINE I’ll start.


    Wolverine: Black Chops and the Rise of Hook

  4. Sooo… Wolverine and the dude from Tron will be facing Hank Pym and Scott Lang!

  5. Redbox.

  6. what! Garrett Hedlund should be an older peter pan not Hook.

  7. Ummm…I just watched 2 hours of Vsauce on youtube so I don’t know what to say….

  8. Look, it’s the Wasp! right there, in the peter pan movie! I am so excited, and….oh, wait…uh, sorry, it’s only Tinker Bell. (But I bet Ant-man thinks she’s hot!).

  9. Who’s playing Pan?

  10. wqdwdfw

  11. Another Peter Pan movie? Not for me.

  12. I dont see him as blackbeard

  13. Why not ? I hope that this time it is good than other two movies, I think.

  14. Okay, who puts Joe Wright (The Soloist)? Geez… by far his least well known film…

  15. more pirates eh…hire Barkhad Abdi

    • And Omid Djalili.

      • now that is one funny guy hahaa

  16. Fan of Joe Wright, so I’ll see this, though I don’t really care to see these next five Peter Pan movies or whatever.

    Everyone should see Hanna if you haven’t already.

  17. Yes, that’s exactly what we need. Another Peter Pan movie. Brilliant. Sigh.

  18. Good casting for a change here, excited to see how this turns out. Still love HOOK!

    • Update — Hugh looks terrifying as the mesmerizing but fearsome Blackbeard ( see his latest public appearances with a bald look and defiant facial hair) but he and young Hook never gets to collaborate in this origins story. Hook is not a villain-in-training under the tutelage of Blackbeard whose ambitions are more megalomaniac in this story. It is Peter and Hook and Tiger Lily who band together to thwart those ambitions.

  19. I wonder if it will be inflluenced by the graphic novels created by Loisel.