Oh this should be good: Christopher Walken is going to play Captain Hook — live.
NBC has tapped the veteran Pulp Fiction actor to play the top villain in its next big live musical special Peter Pan. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt revealed the decision at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday. Though usually considered a dramatic actor, Walken has a long history of singing and dancing roles. From Pennies from Heaven (1981) to Hairspray (2007) to Jersey Boys (2014) to appearances on NBC’s own Saturday Night Live.
“He might really be a song and dance man at heart,” Greenblatt told critics. “He’s fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play. I guarantee you he’s going to bring his own spin to Captain Hook. He might be the first tap-dancing Captain Hook.”
As for casting the title role, Greenblatt confirmed he’s looking for a female actress for the part. He also revealed he wanted to cast none other than Kristen Bell (Frozen) as Pan — but that he had to let it go. “We’ve actually had several women who wanted to do it but they’re either busy or their schedules don’t work,” he said. “It’s not like we can film this at any time. I need that person from Aug. 5 to Dec. 5 and so that knocks out the Kristen Bells of the world — who is someone that I talked to about doing it and she was interested, but she’s doing House of Lies … it’s tricky finding the right person, but we’re actually close.”