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Hugh Jackman confirmed as Blackbeard in Joe Wright's Peter Pan reboot

Jan. 24, 2014by: Alex Maidy

Hugh Jackman is now officially set to play the villain in Joe Wright's Peter Pan reboot, previously titled PAN. In December, we heard that Jackman was in talks, but now we have confirmation coming a day after Garrett Hedlund was named as Captain Hook in the film. While the story is supposedly a reboot/origin for the Peter Pan story, based on the casting I am thinking this is more of a Captain Hook origin with Peter likely showing up right at the end of the film. This would set up the sequel as the true Peter Pan story. This could be why the film is now dropping the PAN title in favor of something else.

WB President Greg Silverman announced the news today along with this statement:

“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.”

PAN has been in the news due to the fact it has taken over the vacated release date of July 17, 2015 after BATMAN VS SUPERMAN was delayed to the following year. Joe Wright has had a varied directorial career with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, ATONEMENT, THE SOLOIST, HANNA, and most recently ANNA KARENINA. His visual style will be put to the test with PAN being his biggest project to date. He proved with HANNA he can bring an unconventional approach to action scenes and PAN would most definitely be featuring plenty.

The question that remains is whether he will be going for an all out fantasy approach or if he plans to ground PAN in a more realistic world. Seeing as this is a complete retelling from the screenplay by Jason Fuchs, anything goes.

Source: Warner Bros

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4:15AM on 01/26/2014
I kind of wished that he would play as Hook in a Pan movie that doesn't feature Blackbeard.
I kind of wished that he would play as Hook in a Pan movie that doesn't feature Blackbeard.
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1:07AM on 01/25/2014
He certainly has the ability, and definitely the intensity, great casting! Has he ever played a villain before? I don't recall any bad guy roles.
He certainly has the ability, and definitely the intensity, great casting! Has he ever played a villain before? I don't recall any bad guy roles.
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1:43AM on 01/25/2014
He was pretty bad in the Prestige! !
He was pretty bad in the Prestige! !
2:39AM on 01/25/2014
SPOILERS:

Deception, Scoop.
SPOILERS:

Deception, Scoop.
10:21PM on 01/24/2014

It was a win win situation

I would have liked Bardem or Jackman so this is excellent news to me!
I would have liked Bardem or Jackman so this is excellent news to me!
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7:14PM on 01/24/2014
I could do without another Peter Pan film, but Wright is a fantastic director, and Jackman is a great actor. Should be good. I just hope it doesn't change focus from the villains too much and turn into just another Peter Pan story, kind of like what happened with Ridley Scott's Robin Hood (which I still enjoyed for what it was).
I could do without another Peter Pan film, but Wright is a fantastic director, and Jackman is a great actor. Should be good. I just hope it doesn't change focus from the villains too much and turn into just another Peter Pan story, kind of like what happened with Ridley Scott's Robin Hood (which I still enjoyed for what it was).
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4:34PM on 01/24/2014
great casting but I'm confused. I thought Captain Hook was the only pirate captain in the Peter Pan world. Is this based on a book?
great casting but I'm confused. I thought Captain Hook was the only pirate captain in the Peter Pan world. Is this based on a book?
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3:53PM on 01/24/2014
Will be great to see his villainous side for a change. Movie is shaping up to be much better than I thought it would.

And kudos for having the film in this article that inspired my username.
Will be great to see his villainous side for a change. Movie is shaping up to be much better than I thought it would.

And kudos for having the film in this article that inspired my username.
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4:52PM on 01/24/2014
And here I thought that was from you being a loner! Never heard of that flick.
And here I thought that was from you being a loner! Never heard of that flick.
5:15PM on 01/24/2014
It's a little bit of both.

But the film is great. It stars Downey Jr and Jaime Foxx.
It's a little bit of both.

But the film is great. It stars Downey Jr and Jaime Foxx.
5:15PM on 01/24/2014
Would definitely check it out if I were you.
Would definitely check it out if I were you.
7:47PM on 01/24/2014
I really like that movie. A lot of people have said it's too sappy but I think it's one of Jamie Foxx's best performances.
I really like that movie. A lot of people have said it's too sappy but I think it's one of Jamie Foxx's best performances.
12:40AM on 01/25/2014
I've heard of the movie. It was the worst received film by Joe Wright according to critics, but that means nothing. It was just the thing that I noticed first.

Also, Hugh Jackman apparently plays an interesting villain role in Deception, though the movie itself is apparently not very good.
I've heard of the movie. It was the worst received film by Joe Wright according to critics, but that means nothing. It was just the thing that I noticed first.

Also, Hugh Jackman apparently plays an interesting villain role in Deception, though the movie itself is apparently not very good.
12:51AM on 01/25/2014
Yeah. I love the film. Just something that totally blew me away. Great story with some great performances.
Yeah. I love the film. Just something that totally blew me away. Great story with some great performances.
3:52PM on 01/24/2014
If anything, this is interesting.
If anything, this is interesting.
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3:43PM on 01/24/2014
I was kind of hoping he would do more interesting stuff. Hopefully this will at least be fun
I was kind of hoping he would do more interesting stuff. Hopefully this will at least be fun
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3:16PM on 01/24/2014

Hugh Jackman always brings his A game,

no matter what the movie. Hopefully the script and direction are worthy of his talents.
no matter what the movie. Hopefully the script and direction are worthy of his talents.
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