Taika Watiti to play Blackbeard in HBO Max series Our Flag Means Death

Filmmaker-actor Taika Vetti has been cast to play one of the most feared and revered pirate blackbirds in HBO Max’s upcoming comedy series Our Flag Means Death.

According to Variety, Vetti will serve as executive producer and will also direct the pilot episode of the series, starring Rice Derby in the lead role.

Vetti and Darby have previously collaborated on the HBO series Flight of the Concords and the film What We Do in the Shadow.

Our Flag Means Death is produced by David Jenkins, who also serves as showrunner. Garrett Busch and Dan Halstead have written the series with Jenkins.

It is loosely based on the true adventures of Bonnet (Darby), a pampered aristocrat who gave up the privilege of his life to become a pirate.

“Our Blackbird is a legend, a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic soul and possibly possibly insane. Only one person could play this role, and that is the great Taika Vetti. David Jenkins said, “We are thrilled beyond the beard he has decided to grow.”

Taika Waititi won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit, which he also directed and starred by Adolf Hitler.

He is currently directing Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth film in Marvel Studios’ Thor franchise.

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