Hugh Jackman is in talks to play the villain in the new Peter Pan origins movie.
Javier Bardem had been tipped for the role of pirate Blackbeard in Pan, but Variety reported he turned it down and Warner Bros has now approached Hugh.
The movie, to be directed by Joe Wright, was written by Jason Fuchs and tells the story of Peter Pan's early days when he was an orphan who was taken to Neverland, and ended up leading a rebellion against the pirates.
Blackbeard will be the film's main antagonist, while Hook will serve as Pan's close ally before turning bad. Ryan Gosling is among the actors linked to the role of Hook.
Warner Bros is expected to do an open casting to find a new actor to play Peter Pan. The studio is also looking for an actress in her mid-20s to play Tiger Lily.