Hugh Jackman to Play Pirate Villain Blackbeard in Joe Wright's 'Pan'
After years of playing a comic book hero in X-Men and The Wolverine, Australian actor Hugh Jackman will be getting into bad guy mode for Warner Bros. this time. Variety has word that the Les Miserables Oscar nominee is in talks to play the villainous pirate Blackbeard in Pan, the new adaptation of the classic story J.M. Barrie fairytale that has Atonement director Joe Wright at the helm, working from a script by Jason Fuchs that actually appeared on this year's Black List. This will be the first time Jackman has played a bad guy, and he must have been looking for one because one of his other options was a bad guy role too.
The trade says Jackman was also considering playing the antagonist of the remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet. That's a project we haven't heard anything about since 2011 when Richard Linklater was said to be flirting the the material. Before that, Zach Galifianakis was in talks to star in the film, but we're not sure if he's attached still since it's been three years since we heard that news. Warner Bros. initially asked Javier Bardem to take the bad guy role, but he passed. Frankly, we're glad Hugh Jackman is lining up this project, because it's something different for the actor, whereas Bardem has played a bad guy twice before.
As for the rest of the cast, well don't expect Peter Pan to be played by a known actor. Apparently, "the studio is expected to do an open casting and find a discovery for the role." As for Captain Hook, it sounds like that role will be played by a prominent actor since the studio asked Ryan Gosling to take the part, but he turned them down. In the story, Hook will actually be Pan's ally fighting against Blackbeard, but turns bad later. This almost sounds like Ridley Scott's version of Robin Hood where we see part of the story of an iconic character that hasn't been told before, leading up to the tale that everyone knows. The studio seems to be moving quickly to round up their cast, so stay tuned for anymore updates.