What CAN’T Taika Waititi do? First he makes a name for himself as a director in New Zealand. Then, he co-directs and stars in the Emmy-nominated series What We Do in the Shadows.
Marvel fans know him as the director of the hit film Thor: Ragnarok, while the Star Wars fandom applauds his work on The Mandalorian. Plus, he wrote, directed, and starred in Jojo Rabbit, which won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay!
Now, Waititi has set his sights on the seven seas. The acclaimed actor/director/writer was just cast as the infamous pirate Blackbeard in the upcoming HBO Max series, Our Flag Means Death. Waititi joins fellow New Zealander, actor Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) as another lead in the series.
Not only will Waititi be lending his acting skills to the scurvy series, he will also executive produce and direct the pilot.
Series creator David Jenkins said, “Our Blackbeard is a legend, a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic soul, and quite possibly insane...Only one man could play this role, and that is the great Taika Waititi. We’re thrilled beyond measure he’s decided to don the beard.”
Our Flag Means Death is based on the true adventures of wealthy aristocrat Stede Bonnet (Darby) who abandons his life of luxury to become a pirate.
Are you excited for Waititi to bring Blackbeard to life?
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