We have until January to wait for Starz's new drama series Black Sails to make its debut, and it's just as well. With no Spartacus to look forward to anymore, Michael Bay's new pirate drama may do the trick in quenching our appetites for swords and sea, if not sand. Those who are attending Comic Con in San Diego this July won't have to wait until January to see the Black Sails series premiere if they attend the planned screening for the series.
Starz announced today that they'll be hosting an exclusive sneak peek screening of their upcoming new high-seas original drama Black Sails. There will also be special guests in attendance, but the premium cable channel didn't mention any specifics there. The screening will take place on Thursday, July 18. Details on the exact time and location to follow.
Created by Jonathan Steinberg, Black Sails is executive produced by Michael Bay, along with Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. The story is set twenty years before Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island and tells the story of John Silver (Luke Arnold), a fast-talking young guy who joins the ranks of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens).
Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.
In addition to Arnold and Stephens, the cast also includes Zach McGowan, who plays rival Captain Charles Vane. Toby Schmitz plays Vane's right-hand man Rackham. Hannah New plays Eleanor Guthrie, a determined young woman who runs the smuggling operation on New Providence. Jessica Parker Kennedy plays Max, a prostitute who knows a thing or two about the dark side of New Providence. Clara Paget plays the beautiful but cold-blooded Anne Bonny. And finally, Tom Hopper, of Merlin, plays Billy Bones, a boatswain of Flint's ship. Check out the previously released trailer for the series below.
Black Sails is one of a number of TV series announced to be at Comic Con this year. Earlier today, we shared the news that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland were set to be featured in panels at SDCC next month. And we also know that a number of series from 20th Century Fox TV will also be there. We'll continue to share updates and details as we hear them.