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Christopher Walken accepts exciting new role



Big news for NBC's upcoming "Peter Pan Live!" special. Award-winning veteran actor Christopher Walken is set to play villain Captain Hook.

Time reports the announcement was made Sunday by NBC Entertainment chairman, Robert Greenblatt, during the Television Critics Association press tour. "He's one of the most unique actors in our business," Greenblatt said. "[Walken] might really be a song and dance man at heart. ... He's fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play. I guarantee you he's going to bring his own spin to Captain Hook. He might be the first tap-dancing Captain Hook."

Oh yeah, we definitely have no doubt about that. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Walken said "It's a chance to put on my tap shoes again."

​Christopher Walken to Portray Hook in 'Peter Pan Live'


And hey when you mix Christopher Walken and a couple groovy dance moves, it's hard to go wrong.

Remember when he broke it down in this Fatboy Slim video?

But it's not just his dance moves that make Walken an exciting choice for the NBC musical. He also has a pretty extensive Broadway history, taking the stage most recently in 2010 where he played in "A Behanding in Spokane."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, upon the announcement Walken said, "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."

The gig gives Walken a chance to work with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan - two producers the Oscar winner already partnered with while filming the 2007 musical, New Line Cinema / "HairSpray."

And while this is big news for the play, which begins production in August, there's still one vital role that has yet to be filled: Peter Pan.

Greenblat also addressed that role Sunday, saying he wanted Kristen Bell for the role but there was a schedule conflict.

Entertainment Weekly reports "We were talking about doing it with a man at one point, but we've had several women who wanted to do it ... It's not like we can film this at any time; I need this person from Aug. 5-Dec. 5 ... 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."

The making of Peter Pan comes on the heels of NBC's live production of NBC / "The Sound of Music" starring Carrie Underwood. Nearly 19 million people tuned in to watch the musical last December.

But it also raked in its fair share of critics - especially regarding Underwood's performance. The same producers are also working on "Peter Pan."

NBC has a history with the movie about the flying boy who never grows up. In 1955, the Broadway show, starring Mary Martin, aired on the network, and 65 million people watched - a record high at the time.

So yes, there's a lot to live up to. But with Walken on board and playing a character who Broadway.com calls "The greatest villain of all time," we have high hopes.

"Peter Pan Live!" is expected to air on NBC Dec. 4.

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cla.connie July 14 2014 at 8:28 AM

I love this guy. He is a very talented and has done a variety of roles his Fat Boy Slim dance video still makes me smile and he was great in Jersey boys. He will be a very good Capt. Hook.

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tonden123 July 14 2014 at 11:39 PM

He is and will always be Frank White, The King of New York

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jimjab July 14 2014 at 10:12 AM

Chris is one of my favorite actors.

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jmslotnick July 14 2014 at 1:50 PM

Thrilled that Walken will put on his dancing shoes again. He surprised me when he danced in Pennies From Heaven as he was great. The man is talent personified. Can't wait to see the show.

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ladmer July 14 2014 at 2:42 PM

Maybe on Dancing with the Stars?

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walt.hafer July 15 2014 at 1:46 AM

I snagged tickets and saw Chris and Raul Julia in Central Park in '91. We got there early and had fantastic seats, I must say that I can close my eyes and still remember. I will definitely get tickets to see him as Captain Hook, looking forward to it.

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Randy July 14 2014 at 10:37 PM

May have missed something here. Everytime I've heard him perform, he's used the same voice.

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Priness July 14 2014 at 5:43 PM

One of the finest actors of our time. Whether it's on television, in movies, or on stage, Walken always brings the highest level of talent and dedication we've come to expect from him over the years. Loved him in Jersey Boys too!

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rlw71345 July 14 2014 at 4:55 PM

I love comedy and appreciate all forms of humor( except cruel/ insensitive humor). He makes me laugh, when he's serious and he comes across as a decent guy, when interviewed. The SNL skits, movies, talk shows, are all worth watching, when he's on, although he has appeared in some "clunkers" movie wise.

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Keith Hinkel July 14 2014 at 3:54 PM

Good for Chris. Best wishes.

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