Hugh Jackman Confirmed For Blackbeard In Joe Wright's Pan
Yo ho ho and a bottle of brass monkey, itís officially a pirateís life for Hugh Jackman.
This was rumored. Today, it has been confirmed that the X-Men and Les Miserables star has signed on to play the vicious pirate Blackbeard in Warner Bros. planned spin on the Peter Pan myth, Pan, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production at Warner Bros., said in a statement:
"Hugh Jackman always delivers indelible performances that resonate with audiences. We know he will create a Blackbeard who will be a powerful presence in this original Peter Pan adventure."
And he will. Jackmanís a go-to actor who rarely gets the credits he deserves. Donít get me wrong. Heís an A-lister with a mega-franchise under his belt and an Oscar nomination on his resume. But how many other actors can claim to be as versatile as Jackman. He can host the Oscars, and hold court on Broadway. In the same year, he can open a superhero movie like The Wolverine, then captivate a grown-up audience in something as harrowing as Prisoners.
Iím in the tank for Pan, and it has nothing to do with Jackman. Iím 100% on board with everything Joe Wright does. Yes, even The Soloist. The Brit director has such a unique and powerful voice. Heís bored by convention, and explores genres by turning them on their side and looking for new ways in. Hanna was a fascinating take on the spy genre, stimulating enough to get people talking about Wright helming a Bond movie someday. And his Anna Karenina was one of the most engaging interpretations of the classic novel that the film industry has ever produced. Seriously. Love.
Now, Iím familiar with the Pan story, and I donít remember Blackbeard being a part of J.M. Barrieís play. Captain Hook? Sure. (And Garrett Hedlund might play him.) Mister Smee? Absolutely. Neverlandís a big place, and Jackman likely will have a lot of creative freedom to create a villain Ė Iím assuming heíll be a villain. Maybe heíll be an ally to Peter Pan? As long as Blackbeard is different from the one Ian "Deadwood" McShane played in On Stranger Tides, weíre good to go.
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