Famous actor turned director Taika Waititi has been cast as the infamous “Blackbeard”. The Oscar winning actor known for his comedic roles will be starring in “Our Flag Means Death” on HBO Max. After making his mark on cinema with the likes of Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do In The Shadows, Taika Waititi has been one of Hollywood’s most demanded directors in the past few years.
“Our Flag Means Death” is set to be a 10 episode pirate comedy and is loosely based on the real-life adventures of Stede Bonnet, an aristocrat who abandoned his pampered life to a life of piracy.
Taika Waititi is also set to act as an Executive Producer and will direct the pilot episode of the series. Fellow Executive Producer and showrunner David Jenkins stated that “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.”.
For the New Zealand born actor, this would not be the first time playing an exaggerated character of a real life person. In 2019’s Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi starred as an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler in the war torn Germany.