Love & Plunder: Taika Waititi will play Blackbeard

Continuing his recent tradition of playing villains noted for their facial hair, Taika Waititi will play Blackbeard in HBO Max’s Our Flag Means Death.

Waititi was already set to executive produce and direct the pilot, but now it’s said he’ll also play “a legend, a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic soul, and quite possibly insane” pirate. Waititi’s Kiwi pal Rhys Darby is leading the series as Stede Bonnet, the real-life aristocrat whose marital problems led him to fuck off and turn to piracy despite his lack of sailing experience. You do you, king.

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