Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Hunt for the Wilder People”) is set to play feared pirate Blackbeard in the half-hour comedy series “Our Flag Means Death” at HBO Max.
The story is loosely based on the true adventures of Stede Bonnet, a pampered aristocrat who abandoned his life of privilege to become a pirate and was sometime’s known as ‘The Gentleman Pirate’. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “What We Do in the Shadows” alum Rhys Darby will play the lead role of Bonnet.
Showrunner David Jenkins (“People of Earth”) says in the series, Waititi’s Blackbeard will be “a legend, a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic soul, and quite possibly insane.”
The series will span six episodes and Waititi will also direct the pilot and executive produce alongside Jenkins, Garrett Basch and Dan Halsted.
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