Warner Bros. announced today that the X-Man will star in director Joe Wright’s upcoming, yet-untitled live-action Peter Pan film. Jackman is set to play Blackbeard, the villain of this version of the story. (Jason Fuchs’ script casts Pan and Captain Hook as allies, at least initially.)
“There is a reason that Hugh is known and loved the world over,” Warner Bros. Pictures Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution president Sue Kroll said in a statement. “He is uncompromising in his dedication to every role, and we are all thrilled to be working with him again.” Jackman can next be seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer’s eagerly-anticipated superhero flick.
Though Pan himself has yet to be cast, Tron: Legacy actor Garrett Hedlund has been tapped to play the more sympathetic Hook in Wright’s film. The movie is scheduled for release July 17, 2015.