Scoop: John Malkovich to Star as Blackbeard in NBC's Crossbones Summer Series

John Malkovich Cast as BlackbeardCall it “Being Blackbeard.”

Two-time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich has landed the lead role of Blackbeard in NBC’s summer series Crossbones, TVLine has learned.

The 10-episode action-adventure series, greenlit by NBC last May and written and co-executive produced by Luther‘s Neil Cross, takes place in 1715 and promises to deliver “the true legend” of “the most notorious pirate to ever sail the earth.”

Malkovich will 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 — part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise and a mounting threat to international commerce. To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the buccaneers’ haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple.

House‘s Hugh Laurie had been eyed for the role as recently as November.

For Malkovich, this marks his first significant TV commitment since the 2002 French miniseries Les Miserables and his first-ever series regular gig here in the States. (His TV-movie credits include HBO’s RKO 281, TNT’s Heart of Darkness and CBS’ Death of a Salesman, for which he won an Emmy.)

The actor’s myriad film credits include Dangerous Liaisons, Con Air (a guilty pleasure of mine), Being John Malkovich, The Killing Fields, Secretariat and, most recently, Warm Bodies.

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Comments (23)

  • Woooow. Amazing.

    Comment by TM – March 11, 2013 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is this set to air this summer?

    Comment by Nick – March 11, 2013 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think so, since its says “summer series” in the headline and says “summer series” in the first paragraph LOL

      Comment by lauren – March 11, 2013 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Gee that was real helpful, thanks Lauren. Again Ill ask, is this series set to air THIS summer? And why does a simple question always have to have a random snarky ass remark from someone?

        Comment by Nick – March 11, 2013 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great piece of casting there! He’s perfect for the role.

    Comment by D – March 11, 2013 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay it wasn’t on my watch list since i can’t stand Hugh Laurie but with JM taking the lead i’m not missing it for anything in the world :)

    Comment by Sepiya – March 11, 2013 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I´m with you. John is one of the most talented actors around

      Comment by KRML – March 11, 2013 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’s an amazing actor so now I’m compelled to give this a try… Good for him. Hugh Laurie would have been good too but I’m still not over how he killed House so I’m not ready to watch him on anything yet…

    Comment by Ana – March 11, 2013 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i love hugh laurie morrrrrrrrrrre! pls take him back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by nina – March 11, 2013 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I need Hugh laurie #Hugh Laurie previously had the offer to star in the drama but could not commit. He remains one of pilot season’s most sought-after actors.

    Comment by Ellen – March 11, 2013 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bummer ….one less show to watch!!!! I wanted Hugh laurie <333

    Comment by Sofia – March 11, 2013 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Calm your t**ts Hugh fangirls. Laurie is ok but Malkovich is a much better actor and a bigger name so the casting makes sense.

    Comment by KRML – March 11, 2013 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    John Malkovich has this part written all over his face. What a perfect fit! I, for once, can’t wait to watch this show. The Cable like format is especially appealing for a network show.
    I Malkovich much more suiting than Hugh Laurie who has made questionable career choices since the end of his show.

    Comment by Jane – March 11, 2013 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly. Wasn´t Laurie´s last movie a huge box office failure? People complaining here because Malkovich got the role don´t have idea what they are talking about. These men don´t play in the same league.

      Comment by KRML – March 11, 2013 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Malkovich,really?I always pictured Teach as a heavier guy.

    Comment by Shaun – March 11, 2013 02:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like Malkovich, he’s an excellent actor but Laurie would have been a much better pirate: imposing,iconic, legendary. And much more athletic. And yes, they don’t play in the same league because Laurie is a superior actor.

    Comment by Anna – March 11, 2013 03:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Both JM and HL are wonderful actors and either would be a major coup for any tv series. Whilst I feel Hugh would be a better fit in the role, he has decided to pass (maybe after seeing NBC’s recent ratings performance) and so I look forward to hearing John efforts at a Bristol accent. Reports confirm HL is one of the most sought after actors this pilot season, so hopefully another project can entice him back onto my TV screen sometime in the future.

    Comment by Olivio – March 11, 2013 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Malkovich? I really liked him in that jewel thief movie…

    Comment by Malachi – March 11, 2013 04:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Do we know why Hugh is no longer considered for the part? I mean something confirmed and not just speculation like he couldn’t commit? I wonder if his asking price was too high if it was anywhere near what his past salary was on House? JM will do a nice job with the role but I also though HL would be a good choice too.

    Comment by Kate – March 11, 2013 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • wonder who is in the rest of the cast…would love to see Christian Kane in this..

    Comment by nashty62 – March 24, 2013 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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