Javier Bardem May Play Blackbeard in Peter Pan Origin Film

Published 1 year ago by , Updated December 13th, 2013 at 6:09 am,

Javier Bardem Blackbeard Javier Bardem May Play Blackbeard in Peter Pan Origin Film

Just as there are currently several Lance Armstrong biopics in various states of development, there are also multiple Peter Pan-inspired projects in the works. The Hunger Games director Gary Ross was reportedly in talks to helm Peter and the Starcatchers, while Channing Tatum and producer Joe Roth are said to be working on Neverland, with Gavin O’Conner (Warrior) sought to direct.

The third project is known as Panand has Hanna director Joe Wright in negotiations to direct a script by Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift), with Arrow‘s Greg Berlanti producing. While there is still no word on who could play Pan for Wright, (should the director end up on board) Warner Bros. sounds confident that the project will happen, as it’s being reported that an Oscar-winning actor is up for the role of Blackbeard the pirate.

According to Deadline, that actor is The Counselor‘s Javier Bardem.

Like at least one of the other projects inspired by J.M. Barrie’s immortal tale of the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, Pan takes place before the events of Barrie’s original stage play, which is the best-known version of the story.

As for the plot:

In Fuchs’ script, an orphan is taken to the magical world of Neverland, where he becomes the savior of the natives and leads a rebellion against evil pirates. Bardem would play the captain of the bad guys, Blackbeard.

Blackbeard in a Peter Pan movie? It’s certainly an original take on the story – and anyone who saw Skyfall or No Country For Old Men knows just how chilling and mesmerizing Bardem can be as an over-the-top villain. We can presume that Pan’s traditional antagonist Captain Hook shows up toward the end somehow – perhaps in a tease which sets up a sequel, which in this case would be a more direct adaptation of the source material.

Peter Pen and Hook Javier Bardem May Play Blackbeard in Peter Pan Origin Film

The emphasis on swashbuckling is a clue that this Pan could end up being one of the more pirate-heavy live-action adaptations of the story, and it’s worth noting that this is the second prequel treatment of a classic work of literature featuring pirates we’ve heard about in the past few months, the other being Starz’ Treasure Island origin series Black Sails

This is also not the only upcoming project to include Blackbeard, a.k.a. Edward Teach, whose exploits were the basis of many of the tropes we associate with the golden age of piracy. He was played by Deadwood star Ian McShane in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and will be the focus of NBC’s Crossbones, with John Malkovich in the role. Javier Bardem generally steers clear of big, blockbuster franchise bait, but he knows how to chew up scenery, so his personality could bring a fun dimension to this version of Pan.

Since this appears to be the furthest along of the Peter Pan projects, expect news on whether or not Bardem and Wright will be involved soon enough.


There’s currently no release date for Pan. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more details.

Source: Deadline


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  1. It’s time for a live action Peter Pan to be done right!

  2. Uh, don’t know that I can get past Peter Pan and Tinkerbell fighting Captain Hook. Think I’ll give this a pass, and watch Crossbones and Black Sails when available instead. This looks like a “Never, never land” to me.

  3. The only things I know about Peter Pan were from the Disney movie, but could Blackbeard become Hook? It’s not out of the question to change different characters origin stories, and it would be a pretty dark transition between two already dark characters.

    • The Sky Drama version of the origin was good, featuring James Hook as a doctor in Victoria London who was also a petty thief with a gang of boys that helped him out. They all got transported to Neverland somehow and met a pirate (played by Anna Friel) and Smee (played again by Bob Hoskins before his retirement) who had sailed with their crew into a time anomaly and ended up in Neverland.

      It was great seeing how Hook became leader of the pirates and his gang became the Lost Boys.

      Should check it out if you can find it online. Much better than their Treasure Island and Sinbad adaptions.

      • *Victorian

  4. I want him to play the joker.

    • He sort of did in Skyfall. Not a very good impersonation either.

      • Nope, that was not an impersonation of the joker. That was a good original acting.

        • Funny, I thought he was too much like The Joker. I wasn’t the only one either, a lot of critics over here said the exact same thing. Well, that and the interrogation scene where he has Bond sitting on a chair seemed like Bardem was channeling David Walliams.

          I think that’s what most critics said was one of the few low points of the movie, Bardem either acting completely camp or hamming it up like Heath Ledger.

  5. Instead of doing live-action Peter Pan prequels, they should do a live-action sequel based on the book “Peter Pan In Scarlet.” That book is the legitimate authorized sequel to J.M. Barie’s original book. It could make a really cool film.

    Peter Pan and the Starcatchers series is NOT an authorized part of the Peter Pan story.

  6. Has anyone ever seen Javier Bardem and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the same room?

    • Come to think of it, no, I haven’t.

    • I thought they were the same person a few years back. Both are decent actors too.

  7. A Spanish Captain Hook? Why not? Though I hope he doesn’t attempt at a British accent because he already has trouble hiding his Hispanic dialect.

  8. Javier Bardem is an incredible actor. He can basically play any part and he will own it!

    • Well he’s no chameleon like Gary Oldman or Daniel Day-Lewis, but he’s still great at many aspects.

  9. “An orphan is taken to an island and becomes the savior of the natives.” How original of a plot. Bring in the white foreigner and let him save the natives from their own savageness.

  10. They’re seriously going to name it ‘Pan’? I’m all for simplicity but that’s just a stupid name.