Warner Bros Wants Javier Bardem as Blackbeard in Joe Wright's 'Pan'
by Ethan Anderton
November 18, 2013
After playing a bad guy in Skyfall (on Netflix Instant now) and No Country for Old Men, the stellar Javier Bardem (who can be seen with wild hair in The Counselor right now) is desired for yet another villain role. Deadline reports Warner Bros. has made an offer to the Spanish actor to play the villainous pirate Blackbeard in Joe Wright's recently announced Pan, the adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic tale that will be an origin story for the green tights-clad, flying hero. This would be the first time that we see the hero face off against Blackbeard on the big screen since most of the iterations have used Captain Hook as the villain.
In the script by Jason Fuchs, we will see how an orphan boy becomes the fantasy hero Peter Pan, and saves a group of young natives from having their land taken over by some pirates. We're not sure just how magical this adaptation will be, but the previous incarnations of the hero have always included fairy dust, flying and other assorted fantastical elements. We're not sure if Wright is planning to ground the story a bit more like Hanna (inspired by fairy tales), or if it might have the theatricality of something like Anna Karenina. The project is just getting off the ground, and we'll keep you posted.