Following rumors of the actor’s involvement with the project late last year, Warner Bros. Pictures has today officially confirmed that Hugh Jackman will play the villain, the pirate Blackbeard, in Joe Wright’s upcoming untitled Peter Pan film. 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.”
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.
Tron Legacy star Garrett Hedlund was confirmed to have been cast as Captain Hook earlier this week.
The film is set for a worldwide release on July 17, 2015, opening opposite Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man.