Film Legend John Malkovich Hitting Small Screen in ‘Crossbones’

John Malkovich is a film legend with two Oscar nominations under his belt and now it would seem he is making his first transition over to the small screen in the form of the lead role in the upcoming NBC action-adventure series Crossbones, taking over the role from previously announced Hugh Laurie, who had been offered the role but for which he passed on.

The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Malkovich will star as “Blackbeard”, the famous pirate in the series that has a 10-episode order from the network. The series will be based on the Colin Woodard book “The Republic of Pirates” that focuses on the “golden age of piracy in the 1700s”.

‘Crossbones’ will take place in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, which was the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where pirate Edward Teach – better known as Blackbeard – reigns over a “rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. “Part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise, the island is unlike any other and presents a mounting threat to international commerce. To combat the threat, skilled undercover assassin Tom Lowe is sent to take down Blackbeard, but the closer he gets, the more enthralled with the community he becomes”.

Neil Cross, creator of the acclaimed BBC series ‘Luther’, will write and executive produce the series along with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (husband-and-wife team) as well as Ted Gold (“Three Rivers”).

Among Malkovich’s film credits are ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’, ‘RED’, ‘Secretariat’ and ‘Jonah Hex’ as well as his Academy-Award nominated roles in the box office flicks ‘Line of Fire’ and ‘Places in the Heart’.

NBC has yet to announce a premiere date for ‘Crossbones’, however.