Hugh Jackman finalizes role for Pan, will play Blackbeard the Pirate
Although rumors have been circling for weeks now, it has now been confirmed that Hugh Jackman will take on the villainous character ‘Blackbeard’ in the Warner Bros. film ‘Pan’. Jackman has been in negotiations for weeks leading up to this announcement, the last we checked in on the film, Warner Bros. was finalizing Garrett Hedlund to star as Pan’s mentor and friend, Captain Hook.
Originally the role was written for Javier Bardem, but after the actor declined, Jackman swashbuckled his way into the part. The film is receiving a prime premiere-date, taking the original release date from “Man of Steel 2,” and pushing that film back into 2016.
The film is from director Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”). The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Jackman will portray the villainous Blackbeard in an all-new tale about author J.M. Barrie’s beloved character Peter Pan, the boy who would never grow up.
Silverman stated, “Hugh Jackman always delivers indelible performances that resonate with audiences. We know he will create a Blackbeard who will be a powerful presence in this original Peter Pan adventure.” Kroll added, “There is a reason that Hugh is known and loved the world over. He is uncompromising in his dedication to every role, and we are all thrilled to be working with him again.”
Best known to audiences worldwide for his portrayal of the Wolverine, Jackman most recently wrapped production on “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” reprising his role as the conflicted Super Hero for the sixth time in that popular film franchise. In addition to an Oscar® nomination, he won a Golden Globe Award and earned a BAFTA Award nomination for his gripping performance as Jean Valjean in 2012’s “Les Misérables.” This past fall, Jackman led an all-star cast in the acclaimed dramatic thriller “Prisoners.” Also an accomplished stage actor, he received a 2004 Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway musical “The Boy From Oz.”
Wright will direct the as-yet-untitled Peter Pan adventure from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti and Paul Webster are serving as producers.
The studio is expected to go with a new actor for Pan, who will be 8-10 years-old and going to Neverland for the first time. It’s not often that Jackman plays the villain, that might be his primary reason for taking the job after all. Warner Bros. confirmed the release date for the film as well, Pan will hit theaters on July 17, 2015.