Hugh Jackman may be turning pirate as Variety reports that after Javier Bardem passed on the role, Hugh is in talks to play Blackbeard in Pan. Joe Wright is directing the Peter Pan prequel, which is in a bit of a race to the screen against Disney’s Peter and the Starcatchers, based on the ‘official’ Pan prequel novel.
Previously there haven’t been many plot details for Pan, but Variety opens up a little, saying ‘The origin story revolves around an orphan who is taken to the magical world of Neverland where he becomes a hero to the natives and leads a revolt against the evil pirates.
‘The idea is that Blackbeard is the film’s main antagonist while Hook would serve as Pan’s close ally before turning bad. Ryan Gosling was someone the studio had looked at among others for the part.’
The studio is now likely to hold an open casting for the role of Peter, and is also looking for an actress in her 20s to play Tiger Lily. It’s not clear when it might shoot.