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John Malkovich to Play Blackbeard for NBC

John MalkovichNBC has found its Blackbeard: John Malkovich will play the notorious pilot in Crossbones, a ten-episode drama series based on Colin Woodard’s book The Republic of Pirates. According to The Hollywood Reporter,

“NBC’s series takes place in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the pirate Edward Teach — aka Blackbeard — reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise, the island is unlike any other and presents a mounting threat to international commerce. To combat the threat, skilled undercover assassin Tom Lowe is sent to take down Blackbeard, but the closer he gets, the more enthralled with the community he becomes.”

No premiere date has been announced, but I’ll let you know when I see one.