Film, Television, and Theatre Icon Christopher Walken Cast as Captain Hook in NBC's PETER PAN LIVE!
Oscar-winning actor Christopher Walken, one of the most revered talents of his generation and a veteran of film, television and stage, will portray the iconic Captain Hook in NBC's Dec. 4 telecast of "Peter Pan Live!"
"We are absolutely delighted that Christopher Walken will be putting his unique stamp on Captain Hook for our holiday musical event 'Peter Pan Live!,'" said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "He's not only one of the most versatile actors in our business, but his love of musicals and uncanny abilities as a dancer make him perfect for stepping into this classic James M. Barrie character. Get ready to be charmed, amused, frightened and dazzled by Captain Hook in an entirely original way."
"We're so happy to reunite with Chris, who starred in our film version of 'Hairspray,'" said "Peter Pan Live!" executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "The exhilarating thing about doing these live musicals is giving the stage to a thrilling performer like Chris, and seeing his once-in-a-lifetime performance unfold at the same moment the audience is watching at home."
Added Walken: "I started my career in musicals and it's wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be in this classic musical I watched as a child and to work with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after 'Hairspray.' It's a chance to put on my tap shoes again."
The multi-talented Walken - whose iconoclastic career began on the Broadway stage in musicals - has appeared in more than 100 combined feature films and television shows. He won the Academy Award for his riveting role in the Oscar-winning best picture "The Deer Hunter" and was Oscar-nominated for Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can."
Some of his other many memorable film performances include "Sleepy Hollow," "The Dead Zone," "A View to a Kill," "Pulp Fiction," "Wayne's World," "True Romance" and "Annie Hall."
He's also jumped off the screen in a number of film musicals, including "Hairspray," where he performed "(You're) Timeless to Me," and "You Can't Stop the Beat" alongside John Travolta. He danced a show-stopping routine to "Let's Misbehave" in the Steve Martin film "Pennies From Heaven" and is currently seen dancing again in Clint Eastwood's screen version of the smash Broadway hit "Jersey Boys."