Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Malkovich makes a splash for TV

John Malkovich is to play Blackbeard in a new TV show about the pirate

John Malkovich is set to take to the seas for his TV series debut in pirate drama Crossbones.

The two-time Oscar nominee is headed for the small screen, where he will play notorious English swash-buckler Blackbeard in NBC's action-adventure.

House star Hugh Laurie had previously been offered the role, but was unable to commit to the 10-episode drama, which is based on Colin Woodard's book The Republic Of Pirates, about the golden age of piracy in the 1700s.

Luther creator Neil Cross is to write and executive produce the series alongside husband-and-wife duo Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, and Ted Gold.

"Over the last three decades, John Malkovich has occupied a singular place in the world of international film, theatre and even opera. We're awed by the opportunity to bring his brilliance to the small screen - particularly in service of the character of Blackbeard, as so brilliantly conceived by Neil Cross," Walter said.

John, who earned Oscar nods for his supporting turns in 1993's In The Line Of Fire and 1984's Places In The Heart, will next be seen on the big screen as he reprises his role in action comedy Red 2 alongside Dame Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

A premiere date for Crossbones has yet to be announced.

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