Hugh Jackman in Talks to Join PAN as Pirate 'Blackbeard'

Hugh Jackman in Talks to Join PAN as Pirate 'Blackbeard'

According to Variety, Hugh Jackman may soon be playing the iconic pirate 'Blackbeard' in the upcoming film PAN.

From Warner Bros., PAN follows an orphan into Neverland, where he saves the natives and starts an uprising against the pirates, who are led by Blackbeard. Captain Hook is also set to make an appearance as "Pan's close ally before turning bad."

Javier Bardem was originally offered the role of Blackbeard, with Ryan Gosling the studio's first choice for 'Hook.' Variety has confirmed that both actors passed.

Jackman was most recently seen in Prisoners alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. Other upcoming big screen projects include X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Greatest Showman on Earth. He recently starred in The Wolverine and the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of Les Miserables. Jackman has appeared on Broadway in Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, A Steady Rain and The Boy From Oz -- for which he won the 2004 Tony Award -- as well as off-Broadway's Carousel. In 2012, Jackman was honored with a Tony Award Special Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Theatre Community.

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