‘Black Sails’ First Look: Starz Releases Trailer For Michael Bay Pirate Drama

Black Sails, Starz’s upcoming Michael Bay (Transformers) produced pirate series, isn’t set to debut until 2014, but the premium channel has already released a trailer. It’s clear from the footage that the series is full of all of the swashbuckling and moral ambiguity one would expect from any decent pirate story, but from the looks of things there’s also going to be a fair bit of below the decks action going on– then again, could we expect anything less from Starz?

Black Sails has been picked up for an eight-episode first season. Set 20 years prior to the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island, the series will focus on the adventures of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew as they fight to protect the notorious criminal haven New Providence Island, “a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.”The series also stars Luke Arnold (Broken Hill) as the legendary Captain Silver, Zack McGowan (Shameless), Hannah New (Maleficent), Jessica Parker Kennedy (The Secret Circle) and Clara Paget (Fast and Furious 6).

Check out the trailer below. What do you think of your first look at the pirate drama?

Black Sails is set to premiere sometime in 2014.

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