Ian McShane to Play Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean 4
by Ethan Anderton
February 22, 2010
Following in the footsteps of Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy and Chow Yun-Fat as villains in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was always going to be quite an undertaking, but it looks like Rob Marshall found the right man for the job as THR reports that Ian McShane (Death Race, Hot Rod) will play the villainous, legendary pirate Blackbeard (or rather Edward Teach) in the fourth installment, On Stranger Tides. One of the most notorious and feared pirates, Blackbeard sailed the high seas in his trademark ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. This is perfect casting and has me slightly more interested in the next Pirates adventure.
McShane joins Johnny Depp, who returns as Captain Jack Sparrow, and the recently announced Penelope Cruz who is "Sparrow's foil and equal in many ways." The story in this is based on Tim Powers' book, which focuses heavily on the Fountain of Youth that was hinted at in the conclusion of At World's End. With Rob Marshall at the helm, I think we can expect a different feel to the Pirates franchise this time, which is a decent idea since I was getting kind of frustrated with the nonsensical plot turns in the third installment, so maybe Marshall has some fresh ideas to kick off a new adventure. We'll have to wait and see. Thoughts?