Javier Bardem, the baddie from Skyfall and No Country For Old Men may soon be playing another negative character. Reports suggest that the actor has been approached by Warner Bros. for the role of the lead villain, Blackbeard for its untitled Peter Pan project.
The actor was recently seen in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor along with his real-life wife Penelope Cruz and among others like Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt. He will next be seen in The Gunman with Sean Penn and Idris Elba.
Bardem is best known for playing eccentric antagonists in films such as No Country For Old Men and Skyfall. If cast, Javier could help attract other big names to the project. Based on the characters created by JM Barrie the script is written by Jason Fuchs.
“An orphan is taken to the magical world of Neverland, where he becomes the savior of the natives and leads a rebellion against evil pirates.”
There has been a steady influx of pirate projects in recent years. Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E) is putting together a new Treasure Island movie. While Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) has expressed an interest in getting into the genre soon. Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is also on it’s way over at Disney. Blackbeard has been engrained lately into pulp culture with an appearance in Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Bardem’s wife Penelope Cruz starred). Along with a more recent incarnation in the successful video game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.