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Two-time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich has landed the lead role of Blackbeard in NBC?s summer series Crossbones, TVLine has learned.

The 10-episode action-adventure series, greenlit by NBC last May and written and co-executive produced by Luther?s Neil Cross, takes place in 1715 and promises to deliver ?the true legend? of ?the most notorious pirate to ever sail the earth.?

Malkovich will play Edward Teach, AKA the pirate Blackbeard, who rules over the various thieves and ne?er-do-wells that populate the Bahamian island of New Providence ? part shantytown, part marauder?s paradise and a mounting threat to international commerce. To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the buccaneers? haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple.

House?s Hugh Laurie had been eyed for the role as recently as November.

For Malkovich, this marks his first significant TV commitment since the 2002 French miniseries Les Miserables and his first-ever series regular gig here in the States. (His TV-movie credits include HBO?s RKO 281, TNT?s Heart of Darkness and CBS? Death of a Salesman, for which he won an Emmy.)

The actor?s myriad film credits include Dangerous Liaisons, Con Air (a guilty pleasure of mine), Being John Malkovich, The Killing Fields, Secretariat and, most recently, Warm Bodies.

http://tvline.com/20...-as-blackbeard/

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sounds interesting, i suppose we will find out this summer.

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I love Malkovich. He's such a talented actor.

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Should be interesting. I have always liked him as an actor.

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Looks great, specially the last picture you posted Rappy :)

Adding it to my "To Watch" list right now.

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NBC taps 'Sarah Connor Chronicles' creator to produce pirate drama

Blackbeard, move over -- there's a new captain on NBC's upcoming pirate drama "Crossbones."

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Universal Television announced the signing of a two year deal with Josh Friedman, creator of Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," tapping him to serve as producer on the new series starring John Malkovich.

"Josh Friedman puts a distinct, unique spin on everything he writes. He taps into interesting worlds and is a very talented writer," said Bela Bajaria, executive vice president at Universal Television. "We've followed his career for years and are excited to be in business with him."

The series centers on Bahamian island New Providence in the year 1715, where Malkovich's Edward Teach (better known as Blackbeard) rules over a population of thieves, outlaws and fellow pirates. "Crossbones" is veteran film and theater actor Malkovich's first foray into a small screen series, with the pilot written by Neil Cross, creator of the BBC's "Luther."

Friedman joins series creator Cross and "Gladiator" producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Under the deal with Universal Television, Friedman will also supervise other new projects as he did under a previous development deal with 20TH Television's "Locke & Key" and "The Asset" pilots. In addition to creating the cancelled Fox series, he has served as writer for big screen projects such as Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" and Brian DePalma's "Black Dahlia."

http://www.tvrage.com/news/6686/nbc-taps-sarah-connor-chronicles-creator-to-produce-pirate-drama

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I'd rather have new SCC :)

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British actor Richard Coyle (W.E.) has been cast as the co-lead opposite John Malkovich in the NBC pirate drama Crossbones. Also cast in the series, from Luther creator Neil Cross and producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, is Tracy Ifeachor. 

 

http://www.spoilertv.com/2013/09/crossbones-richard-coyle-cast-as-co-lead.html

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Julian Sands (24) has been tapped for a heavily recurring role on NBC?s new pirate drama series Crossbones starring John Malkovich. He will play William Jagger, an aristocrat-turned-privateer and governor of Jamaica who dispatches Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle) to accompany inventor-mathematician Benedict Nightingale and his Marine Chronometer to England by way of a secret convoy.

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So it looks like we have two pirate shows to look forward to.  Not bad.

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So it looks like we have two pirate shows to look forward to.  Not bad.

Yeah Starz one will probably be better due to their limits of what they can show

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I saw few episodes of Black Sails but became rather bored of just seeings lesbians on cam.. don't get me wrong, nothing wrong with seeing pair of boobs on cam but... storywise... lost..

 

Hopefully this sails better ;)

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Bravo on the pun, and I agree about the earlier idea. Nothing wrong with it. I should probably check out the series. :laugh:

That cast is pretty awesome, I'm going to make a note to check this out. (Y)

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What is this, Black Sails played as a straight up comedy?

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What is this, Black Sails played as a straight up comedy?

Did we read the same blurb? :laugh: I can't see it being a comedy. I'm curious, where did that idea come from, or did I misinterpret?

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Did we read the same blurb? :laugh: I can't see it being a comedy. I'm curious, where did that idea come from, or did I misinterpret?

 

That picture says it all. No way this is going to be played straight. I would love to see a pirate show in the spirit of the old Burt Lancaster movies like The Crimson Pirate. That movie is AWESOME.

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Trailer posted a couple of days ago.

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Friday Night Death Slot though :(

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It's a dumb pirate show, made just to cash in on Black Sails. What would you expect? Think of it like Moonlight. Something fun that will probably last one season (Moonlight was a cash-in on True Blood, his apartment then got taken over by Richard Castle).

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