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Hugh Jackman Courted to Play Blackbeard in Peter Pan Origin Film

December 19, 2013 (4:04 am) GMT
The 'Prisoners' actor is reportedly eyed to portray the villainous role after Javier Bardem turned it down.

is approached to play pirate Captain Blackbeard in Warner Bros' upcoming Peter Pan origin movie, Variety learns. was previously offered the coveted role, but he reportedly turned it down.

Rumor has it, Blackbeard is set to be the main villain while Captain Hook will be Peter Pan's close ally before they get estranged later. was among the candidates considered to take on the role of Hook, but he rejected.

Open casting is expected to be held to find the right actor for the title character. For the leading lady, the studio is allegedly looking for an actress in her mid-20s to play Tiger Lily.

Joe Wright ("", "", "") will direct "Peter Pan (2015)", with the script by Jason Fuchs (""). The film will make its debut in theaters across the country on June 26, going head to head with "".

Jackman was last seen in "" and will next reprise his superhero role as Wolverine in "".

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