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Arrgh, bub! Hugh Jackman in negotiations to play Blackbeard in Joe Wright's Pan

12.19.2013

Hugh Jackman might be trading in his adamantium claws for a cutlass and flintlock pistols for his next film. Variety is reporting the actor is in talks to star in Joe Wright's Pan as Blackbeard the pirate. Warner Bros. was interested in Javier Bardem as the villain, but he passed on the role, and the studio then turned their attention to Jackman.

Variety's report also sheds some light on why Blackbeard will be the antagonist in PAN, and not Captain Hook. The film will be an origin tale, and according to the site, Hook will be in PAN, but as Peter Pan's ally. The site also says Hook will turn bad before the end of the film, and at one point Warner Bros. was considering Ryan Gosling for the part. A studio interested in Ryan Gosling for a role in a big film? What a surprise!

So who might end up playing Peter Pan? Variety says Warner Bros. will probably do an open casting for the part, and they are also looking for an actress in her mid-20s for Tiger Lily.

I don't know if we absolutely need an origins tale for Peter Pan, but Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard sounds awesome, and that alone has me excited for this project.

PAN will hit theaters on June 26, 2015.

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Extra Tidbit: Is it me, or does that image of Blackbeard above look a lot like Benicio Del Toro?
Source: Variety

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7:07PM on 12/19/2013

ready

soooo ready to see this guy play a villian
soooo ready to see this guy play a villian
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5:09PM on 12/19/2013

Benicio Del Toro

That image of Blackbeard is pre-production art for the third PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movie when Del Toro was an early candidate for the role.
That image of Blackbeard is pre-production art for the third PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movie when Del Toro was an early candidate for the role.
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3:27PM on 12/19/2013

Extra tidbit: that was my first thought as well!

One of the things I respect most about Hugh Jackman is that he always brings his A-game, even if the material isn't the greatest. I'm sure he'll do a fine job here.
One of the things I respect most about Hugh Jackman is that he always brings his A-game, even if the material isn't the greatest. I'm sure he'll do a fine job here.
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2:53PM on 12/19/2013

I love Blackbeard lore

Thatch was actually a very intelligent person for his time. He was a school teacher who was fed up with how government was corrupt (gasp!) so he decided to retreat to Nassau and make it his own country. When people started getting sick he begged for support and medicine and when he got none he became Black Beard. It is kind of a real life Dark Knight. He became a symbol. He wasn't evil, he just put fear into people so he could help his people of Nassau. He was a good person, who was sick of
Thatch was actually a very intelligent person for his time. He was a school teacher who was fed up with how government was corrupt (gasp!) so he decided to retreat to Nassau and make it his own country. When people started getting sick he begged for support and medicine and when he got none he became Black Beard. It is kind of a real life Dark Knight. He became a symbol. He wasn't evil, he just put fear into people so he could help his people of Nassau. He was a good person, who was sick of being pushed around and ignored. He became Black Beard, he avoided hurting people as much as possible. He would use people as pawns but he only killed if he had to. A really interesting character, very cool.
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1:11PM on 12/19/2013

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That portrait makes the case for Del Toro, 100%.
That portrait makes the case for Del Toro, 100%.
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12:41PM on 12/19/2013
I always wanted hugh to play a pirate but in a more serious pirate film or atleast in pirates of the caribbean.
I always wanted hugh to play a pirate but in a more serious pirate film or atleast in pirates of the caribbean.
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12:38PM on 12/19/2013

Tidbit.

Either Benicio or Josh Harnett
Either Benicio or Josh Harnett
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10:40AM on 12/19/2013
Extra tidbit: THAT does look like Benicio Del Toro.
Extra tidbit: THAT does look like Benicio Del Toro.
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10:27AM on 12/19/2013
I guess? He's not terrible but he's not nearly as good as Bardem imo, who brings something pretty unique to every role. Jackman could be interesting, but I'm just guessing it'll be a lot of screaming and grunting, aka the majority of his work the past few years.
I guess? He's not terrible but he's not nearly as good as Bardem imo, who brings something pretty unique to every role. Jackman could be interesting, but I'm just guessing it'll be a lot of screaming and grunting, aka the majority of his work the past few years.
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10:24AM on 12/19/2013
This would be awesome casting. Would love to see Jackman show more of his sinister side.
This would be awesome casting. Would love to see Jackman show more of his sinister side.
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10:21AM on 12/19/2013
I kind of want a straight up Blackbeard movie, even if the guy was a total bastard, but I'm interested in Hugh for the role either way. And it's not just you, first thing that went through my mind seeing that picture of Teach was Benicio Del Toro.
I kind of want a straight up Blackbeard movie, even if the guy was a total bastard, but I'm interested in Hugh for the role either way. And it's not just you, first thing that went through my mind seeing that picture of Teach was Benicio Del Toro.
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10:20AM on 12/19/2013
I could see him playing Blackbeard. It does look like Mr. Del Toro.
I could see him playing Blackbeard. It does look like Mr. Del Toro.
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10:14AM on 12/19/2013
Pan: What kind of pirate are you?
Blackbeard: The Wolverine!
Pan: What kind of pirate are you?
Blackbeard: The Wolverine!
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10:10AM on 12/19/2013
It would be fun to see Jackman take on an out and out villainous role (he did get his start as Gaston in the stage musical version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast). Apparently, Stuart Beattie wrote his draft of Pirates of the Caribbean with Hugh Jackman in mind for the part of Jack Sparrow.

Re extra tidbit: it really does look like Benicio del Toro!
It would be fun to see Jackman take on an out and out villainous role (he did get his start as Gaston in the stage musical version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast). Apparently, Stuart Beattie wrote his draft of Pirates of the Caribbean with Hugh Jackman in mind for the part of Jack Sparrow.

Re extra tidbit: it really does look like Benicio del Toro!
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