For a man no one can ever accuse of being a charisma vacuum, Taika Waititi confirms that time is not a linear construct and somehow finds the hours to take on yet another project in addition to Thor: Love and Thunder and his Star Wars movie project, taking the lead in new HBO series Our Flag Means Death.

The Thor: Ragnarok and Mandalorian director-actor will play the feared pirate Blackbeard in Our Flag Means Death. The story is loosely based on the true adventures of Stede Bonnet, “a pampered aristocrat who abandoned his life of privilege to become a pirate.”

“Our Blackbeard is a legend, a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic soul, and quite possibly insane,” says showrunner David Jenkins (People of Earth). “Only one man could play this role, and that is the great Taika Waititi. We’re thrilled beyond measure he’s decided to don the beard.”

While that might sound like a dramatic premise, the project is actually a half-hour comedy that will span six episodes.

Waititi will also direct the pilot and executive produce the project. Jenkins, Garrett Basch and Dan Halsted also executive produce.


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