First Look At John Malkovich As Blackbeard In ‘Crossbones’ Revealed

Posted By on April 8, 2014

The Outer Banks’ most infamous transplant resident is coming to television, as NBC announced this week that its upcoming series Crossbones, about the pirate Edward Teach, also known as “Blackbeard“, who was ultimately killed off the coast of Ocracoke Island, North Carolina in 1718, will premiere in May, and we have the first official poster for you to check out.

Two-time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich, Shadow of the Vampire, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) will play the lead role of Blackbeard.

NBC has ordered 10 episodes of the new pirate adventure series from the award-winning creator of Luther, Neil Cross, and acclaimed film producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Gladiator, Men in Black, The Ring). 

The series will explore “the true legend of the most notorious pirate to ever sail the earth.”

It’s 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise, this is a place like no other on earth – 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 pirates’ 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. Lowe can’t help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds – and no law. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard’s rule. He is a man with many villainous rivals and one great weakness – a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny.

Crossbones will premiere at 10pm on Friday, May 30, on NBC.

Check out the new poster below, and then give us your thoughts in the comments!

Blackbeard without his black beard? I bet he’ll begin growing it before the end of Season 1.

John Malkovich is the pirate Blackbeard in NBC's 'Crossbones'.

John Malkovich is the pirate Blackbeard in NBC’s ‘Crossbones’.

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