Taika Waititi to Play Blackbeard in HBO Max’s Our Flag Means Death | IGN

Taika Waititi is set to become the legendary pirate Blackbeard in the upcoming HBO Max comedy series Our Flag Means Death.

As reported by Variety, Waititi will be reunited with Rhys Darby – the series lead who is set to play Stede Bonnet. Darby starred in HBO’s Flight of the Conchrods and the What We Do in the Shadows film, while Waititi was the writer and director on the series and the star, co-writer, co-director, and producer on the film.

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Waititi was already confirmed to executive produce and direct the pilot for Our Flag Means Death, which is “loosely based on the true adventures of Stede Bonnet (Darby), a pampered aristocrat who abandoned his life of privilege to become a pirate.”

“Our Blackbeard is a legend, a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic soul, and quite possibly insane,” said series creator David Jenkins. “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.”

Waititi is also known for his work in the MCU for directing Thor: Ragnarok and the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. He won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for Jojo Rabbit, and also directed the season one finale of The Mandalorian and lent his voice to IG-11 in the Star Wars series.

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Blackbeard was a notorious English pirate who was born around 1680 as Edward Teach. He was a fearsome raider who was known to light matches in his iconic beard to instill even more fear amongst all who saw him. He made quite a name for himself until he was ambushed in 1718 and quite literally lost his head.

Since then, he has become one of the most popular pirate characters and has appeared in such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
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