Edward Teach – better known as Blackbeard – is coming to Black Sails. Starz announced the addition of Ray Stevenson to the show’s cast to play the one of the most infamous pirates in the history of seafaring.
Teach will be returning to Nassau after an extended period away to discover that things are most definitely not as he left them.
A brief teaser for season three will be shown during Black Sails’ epic season two finale Saturday, March 28th (9/8C). For further details, follow the jump.
When it was announced that Michael Bay would be executive producing a pirate show for Starz, there was a fair bit of eye rolling – after all, we were talking about the producer/director of some of the most ponderous, oafish films ever made.
What we got was Black Sails, a smart, fast-paced action adventure series that really explored the culture of 18th Century pirates – a series that showed the pirates to have, however bloody, a true democracy and keen financial sense as well as the kind of bloodthirstiness and libido we were expecting. It was a very pleasant surprise.
Starz’s new pirate series, Black Sails (Saturdays, 10/9C) has it all: gunplay, swordplay, piratical acts at sea and booty (of both kinds). Also, economics and democracy! The characters are something out of Robert Louis Stevenson (in some cases, literally) but amped up for the discerning connoisseur of adventure of all kinds. In a way, it looks like it could almost be the pirate version of Deadwood, with its sex and violence dressing intelligent writing in unusual, gaudy tones – except that the language isn’t quite as epically vulgar.
Gore Verbinski made pirates big on the silver screen. Now Michael Bay and Starz hope to do the same for the small screen with Black Sails. The series is a kind of loose prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, with Luke Arnold playing the not-yet-legendary pirate, John Silver, and Clara Paget as the notorious Anne Bonny.
Check out the first trailer and the official press release following the jump. Black Sails is expected to debut in 2014.