British Actor Toby Stephens to Play Lead in Starz New Series ‘Black Sails’

The cable network Starz has cast British actor Toby Stephens in the lead role of Captain Flint in the upcoming original series Black Sails. The adventure series will center on Captain Flint and his men, taking place 20 years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel “Treasure Island”.

Flint is the most brilliant and feared captain of all the Golden Age pirates and commander of the pirate ship, Walrus. He and his crew fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day while threatened with extinction on all sides. He adds a young stranger to his crew – who goes by the name John Silver – and sets forth on a plan that could alter the course of history forever.

Stephens has appeared on London’s West End as well as Broadway in addition to his film roles in ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Die Another Day’ as well as TV roles in show like ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Strike Back’ and the mini-series ‘Jane Eyre’.

‘Black Sails’ will be executive produced by legendary film-maker Michael Bay and his producing partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Jon Steinberg (‘Jericho’ and ‘Human Target’) will be the show runner and executive producer and Robert Levine (‘Touch’) will be co-executive producer.

The eight-episode first season will shoot in Cape Town, South Africa and ‘Black Sails’ is expected to air on Starz in 2014.