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Christopher Walken Is Captain Hook In ‘Peter Pan’ Live TV Musical

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While we were all surprised when Christopher Walken started dancing like a dream round a hotel in Fatboy Slim’s Weapon Of Choice video back in 2001, it wasn’t a big deal for the intense actor himself, who started his career in musical theatre. Since then we’ve grown accustomed to lighter performances in fare such as HAIRSPRAY, but his latest role has come out of left field. In fact it’s hoved out of the mist, all cutlasses swishing and is ready to seize control of the NBC airwaves this Christmas with Peter Pan The Musical.

Hugh Jackman may think he’s going to be scaring the kids as Blackbeard in the forthcoming PAN movie, but that’s going to be nothing compared to Walken as Captain Hook. Not only that but the show is going to be happening live. How do you like them onions Jackman? The veteran screen eccentric will surely also top the sinister Jason Isaacs in the film of 2003. The show reunites the man who played Robert De Niro’s Russian Roulette with the HAIRSPRAY team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

The villain of the piece (first performed in 1954) is very much in place, but the hero has yet to be revealed. However in true theatrical tradition the role of Pan will be taken by an actress. Kristen Bell was reportedly approached but couldn’t commit, a great shame as she would have made the perfect foil to Walken’s twisted pirate.

The all-singing, all-dancing, all-Walkening production is broadcast Dec 4th on NBC.

Source:  BBC

Steve is a journalist and comedian who enjoys American movies of the 70s, Amicus horror compendiums, Doctor Who, Twin Peaks, Naomi Watts and sitting down. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.

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  1. joblo

    Jul 18, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Audrey Whitby for Peter Pan:
    She has the right look, she can sing, she’s a veteran of Disney and Nickelodeon and she’s 18.

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