At Sunday’s TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour in Beverly Hills, Entertainment Weekly reports that NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt announced that while they’re still looking for a female to play Peter Pan (as is the tradition on Broadway), Christopher Walken will play the notorious Captain Hook in NBC’s live musical event.
As a man classically trained in musical theater, dance, and who spent time working as a lion tamer in a circus, Walken seems like the perfect choice as the eccentric villain and anyone who’s seen him do little jigs in his myriad of films (as well as the award-winning video for Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon Of Choice”) knows this to be true.
“He might really be a song and dance man at heart. He’s fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play. I guarantee you he’s going to bring his own spin to Captain Hook. He might be the first tap-dancing Captain Hook,” said Greenblatt.
Greenblatt was also hoping to cast Kristen Bell in the titular role but schedules just couldn’t line up. “We’ve actually had several women who wanted to do it but they’re either busy or their schedules don’t work. It’s not like we can film this at any time. I need that person from Aug. 5 to Dec. 5 and so that knocks out the Kristen Bells of the world — who is someone that I talked to about doing it and she was interested, but she’s doing House of Lies…it’s tricky finding the right person, but we’re actually close.”
I can’t WAIT to see who’s gonna play Mr. Smee (as he’s my fave character): I’m hoping for someone like Dan Fogler, Tony Hale, or Jim Rash!
I also wonder who’s gonna play the Tick-Tock the Crocodile?
What do you think? Is Walken going to make a good Hook?
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