Christopher Walken is to play Captain Hook in NBC’s Live Musical Drama Peter Pan that will premiere on Thursday, December 4.
Christopher Walken appeared in Hairspray alongside costars Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. But now the Oscar winning actor is to hook up with them once again as Captain Hook (no pun intended) in NBC’s follow up to The Sound of Music.
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Peter Pan is about to air soon and it is reported first that Kristen Bell will act the part of Peter. But the villain’s role goes to Christopher Walken.
Walken is a one of a kind actor. That is because he is into singing and dancing as well. A master tap dancer, Walken will fulfill the role of Hook to the hilt.
"He's one of the most unique actors in our business," NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said during his session Sunday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
"He might really just be a song and dance man at heart. ... This might be the first tap dancing Captain Hook you've ever seen."
Meanwhile, Kristen Bell has a schedule clash due to her program titled House of Lies. The director has already chosen the person to play Peter Pan and either way it is bound to be a female.
The youthful looks and perfect skin matter in the appearance of the evergreen character so a female is highly suitable.
"We were talking about doing it with a man at one point, but we've had several women who wanted to do it and they're either busy or their schedules don't work. It's not like we can film this at any time; I need this person from Aug. 5-Dec. 5, so that knocks out the Kristen Bells of the world, who was somebody I talked to about doing it and she was interested but she's doing House of Lies," Greenblatt said.
"It's tricky finding the right person in the schedule that we need it but we're actually close. [Peter is] going to be female."
Peter Pan is a novel written by James M. Barrie. It portrays a boy who never grows up and remains perpetually stuck in the time warp of youth. There are others who share their life with him and one of them is the fairy Tinkerbell.
Of course, Captain Hook is the arch-villain and is a pirate with an amputated hand in place of which there is a metallic hook (thus the name). He is always haunted by a crocodile. The original screenplay occurred in 1954.
"The exhilarating thing about doing these live musicals is giving the stage to a thrilling performer like Chris, and seeing his once-in-a-lifetime performance unfold at the same moment the audience is watching at home," executive producers Zadan and Meron said.
Christopher Walken’s costars have only praise and kind words to say about him. They avow the fact that having a wonderful person like Chris on stage will be a unique experience.
Christopher meanwhile spoke of how the long period of time he spent doing musicals will come in handy this time around for his character as Captain Hook.
"I started my career in musicals and it’s wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be in this classic musical I watched as a child and to work with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after Hairspray. It’s a chance to put on my tap shoes again," said Walken.
Christopher Walken has a whole history behind him. Having played roles in over a hundred movies and TV programs, he is a seasoned actor. Already, he’s an Oscar winner for his stint in The Deer Hunter and he also made an appearance in Catch Me If You Can.