Hugh Jackman set to play Blackbeard in new Peter Pan

The casting news for Warner Bros’ new live-action Peter Pan movie keeps on coming: the studio has announced that Hugh Jackman has said “aye aye” to playing Blackbeard in the film.

The Wolverine (opens in new tab) star joins Garrett Hedlund, who it was announced last week will be playing Captain Hook (opens in new tab) in the Joe Wright-directed adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale.

In this version of events, Peter Pan is an orphan who is swept away to Neverland and goes on to become a hero among the natives there as he leads a rebellion against a band of evil pirates, led by Blackbeard.

It had previously been rumoured that Javier Bardem was in the mix to play the dastardly villain, but he obviously didn’t agree to sign on the part. Perhaps because he couldn’t agree with the studio on what crazy hairstyle Blackbeard should wear, thus continuing his long line of bizarrely coiffeured characters.

The studio has also announced that the film, which has previously been referred to as Pan , is actually untitled.

Whatever it ends up being called, the movie is set to be released on 17 July 2015.

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