The 10-episode action-adventure series, written and co-executive produced by Luther‘s Neil Cross, takes place in 1715. Laurie would play Edward Teach, AKA the pirate Blackbeard, who rules over the various thieves and ne’er-do-wells that populate the Bahamian island of New Providence.
And because Blackbeard is British, Laurie would be able to speak in his native accent. (Timbers, consider yourself shivered.)
Crossbones would be the actor’s first major TV project since wrapping an eight-season run as the ornery titular doc on Fox’s House.