Javier Bardem Offered The Role of Blackbeard in Peter Pan Origin Story ‘Pan’

By November 17, 2013


Deadline is reporting that Javier Bardem is in talks to take on another iconic villain role – the pirate Blackbeard – in the Warner Bros feature Pan, a Peter Pan origin story with a script written by Joe Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift). Joe Wright (Atonement) is in negotiations to helm the picture.

Fuch’s script tells the story of how an orphaned boy is taken to Neverland and ends up leading a rebellion against the evil pirates, lead by none other than Blackbeard, who are terrorizing the natives, eventually becoming the beloved hero of lore, Peter Pan.

Although it seems pretty obvious that Warner Bros. is attempting to ignite a franchise film series, if they’re able to land Wright as a director, it would definitely give the project a little indie cred, much like Gore Verbinski did with the original Pirates of the Caribbean film. Not so much the sequels, but hey…I still enjoy the first flick. So sometimes ideas that seem a little ho-hum on paper can turn out relatively entertaining. And the casting of Bardem as the villain in Pan would definitely solidify my interest in the film. I’m a huge fan of Bardem in pretty much anything, but especially if he’s getting his villain on. Anton Chigurh is, for real, one of my favorite performances by an actor ever.

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This is actually the fourth Pan-related project to be announced in the past few years, including an Aaron Eckhart-as-Captain Hook vehicle titled Peter Pan and a Channing Tatum produced movie titled Neverland. Hopefully the movies are more enticing than the titles. Sheesh.

What do you think of the casting? Are you interested in seeing any movie about Peter Pan? And where will Captain Hook play into this new story? Perhaps he’s still Private Hook, and takes over at the end? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

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Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.