Hugh Jackman in Talks to Play Blackbeard in ‘Pan’

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Hugh Jackman in talks to play Blackbeard Hugh Jackman in Talks to Play Blackbeard in Pan

The rivalry between eternal child Peter Pan and notorious pirate Captain Hook burns with the fire of the fiercest sibling rivalry, which is why the upcoming Neverland actually kind of makes sense. That film will be an origin story for Peter and Hook, in which the two of them are brothers who start out as allies only to eventually become enemies – unlike Joe Wright’s Batman Begins-style treatment of J.M. Barrie’s children’s story, Pan, which looks to hit theaters first.

With Hook not yet a villain in Wright’s film, however temporarily, there’s a gap in the narrative for a gruff, curmudgeonly pirate antagonist, and Jason Fuchs’ script for Pan places real-life pirate Edward Teach (AKA Blackbeard) in that role. Javier Bardem (Skyfall) was recently in talks to play the lead bad guy, but has apparently declined the offer.

Luckily Hollywood has no shortage of growly, hirsute actors and next in line is X-Men star Hugh Jackman, whom Variety reports is currently in negotiations to play Blackbeard and seems to be near to closing a deal. Other characters currently being cast are Hook (Ryan Gosling has been considered for this role) – who will “serve as Pan’s close ally before turning bad” – and Tiger Lily, for whom the studio is seeking an actor in her 20s.

Peter and the Lost boys in Peter Pan 2003 Hugh Jackman in Talks to Play Blackbeard in Pan

According to the synopsis, Pan is all about Peter’s adventures upon first arriving in Neverland as a young orphan. He fights to rescue the Natives from the oppressive yoke of Blackbeard and his men, eventually becoming a hero of the magical island. The most recent major adaptation of “Peter Pan” was the 2003 version, which was directed by P.J. Hogan and was a rather more traditional interpretation of the story than what Wright is planning.

Jackman isn’t known for playing villain roles, though Wolverine would probably qualify as an anti-hero, which is why it would be interesting to see him play a full-blown baddie. There’s currently a lot of buzz around his most recent film, Prisoners, in which Jackman plays a man desperately trying to find his missing daughter. Alongside more serious roles, he’s also been known to dip his toes into family-oriented movies like Happy Feet and Rise of the Guardians.

This sounds like an inspired casting choice, so here’s hoping that negotiations between Warner Bros. and Jackman go well. Failing that, perhaps Ian McShane could be tempted back to the role.


Pan opens in 2D and 3D theaters on June 26th, 2015.

Source: Variety

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  1. I like Jackman and I think it would be instering to see how he will do.

  2. As long as the kid from Once Upon A Time who plays Peter Pan is not playing the same role in this movie, I am OK with this film (this season of Once Upon A Time has been, for the most part, awful, because it is almost the same crap in every episode in the same location…BORING). Hugh is great.

  3. here is another story that needs to be retold!

  4. Interesting. Jackman was once considered first choice for Jack Sparrow (I think I read that the part was actually written with Jackman in mind). He was destined to play a pirate at some point, lol.

  5. Hugh Jackman should try and not use his own accent while the filming of the movie happens, because Blackbeard(Edward Teach) is not from Australia 😉 . Blackbeard(Edward Teach) was from Bristol U.K. if I am not mistaken.

    • That’s where I’m from. Perhaps I would be best suited for the part! I’ve got the accent down and everything my babber. (^-^)

      • And if you’re not available, I’m sure Stephen Merchant’s desperate for some decent work since he’s usually in stuff that sucks unless Karl Pilkington’s sharing screen time with him.

  6. Nice choice

  7. I still think that instead of doing Peter Pan prequels, someone should bring the book “Peter Pan In Scarlet” to the big screen. It’s the actual authorized sequel to the original Peter Pan by J.M. Barie. And if it was done without straying from the text too much, it could be a great film.

  8. Blackbeard in Pan? Why? I don’t seem to recall any pirates but Hook, Smee, and their crew in the Disney peter Pan. Naw, give this a pass and a toss to the side. I’ll stick with the Kiddie Pan I grew up with ala Disney animation. And that’s coming from a guy who likes historical and fictional pirates (Raphael Sabatini swashbucklers, or the Black Sails and Crossbones shows coming up, etc.).

    • At least we’ll see the younger – more threatening version of Blackbeard, then, what we saw in Pirates 4 with a older and less threatening Blackbeard ! :) .

    • You should check out the prequel mini-series that Sky Drama aired in the UK last week.

      Rhys Ifans played James Hook, a petty thief with a small group of children as his accomplices who were transported via an anomaly in time and space to a place called Never Land, where he met a female pirate and her crew (including Bob Hoskins as Mr Smee before he retired from acting).

      It was pretty cool, showing that the inhabitants of Never Land were all transported there via similar anomalies and it showed how Hook lost his hand, turned evil and how his accomplices became The Lost Boys.

      Highly recommended.

      • *Last year, not last week

  9. Hugh Jackman as a pirate should be interesting. Not sure who they’re casting as Hook, but after Jason Isaacs’ performance in the role, it would be very hard to top him in his evil moments, he is a top-class actor.