Briefly: After entering talks last month, Hugh Jackman has officially closed his deal to star in Joe Wright‘s Peter Pan
fanfiction origin tale Pan as Blackbeard. He’ll star opposite Garrett Hedlund, who is in talks to play Hook.
In the film, Blackbeard is the leader of evil pirate who have a hold on Neverland. The (as yet uncast) hero of the story is Peter, an orphan who leads a rebellion against Blackbeard’s forces. The role marks a rare villainous turn for Jackman, who is best known for playing the superhero Wolverine. Jackman landed the role after the more obvious first choice, Javier Bardem, passed. [Variety]