Christopher Walken accepts exciting new role
This film image released by Steelyard Pictures shows Christopher Walken in a scene from "The Power of Few," an independent action-drama filmed in New Orleans. The film starring Walken, Anthony Anderson, Christian Slater, Jesse Bradford and New Orleans-born rapper Juvenile, makes its limited-release debut on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Steelyard Pictures)
Actor Christopher Walken attends a cocktail reception for a special screening of his new film "Jersey Boys" in the Angelo Galasso boutique inside The Plaza on Monday, June 9, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Angelo Galasso/AP Images)
FILE - In this April 20, 2009 file photo, actor Christopher Walken attends a special screening of Sony Picture Classics' "Tyson" in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
Actor Christopher Walken, left, and director Clint Eastwood attend a cocktail reception for a special screening of the film "Jersey Boys" in the Angelo Galasso boutique inside The Plaza on Monday, June 9, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Angelo Galasso/AP Images)
Cast member Christopher Walken attends the premiere of "Seven Psychopaths" at the Bruin Theatre on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
This film image released by CBS Films shows Woody Harrelson, left, and Christopher Walken in a scene from "Seven Psychopaths." (AP Photo/CBS Films, Chuck Zlotnick)
This film image released by Roadside Attractions shows, from left, Christopher Walken as Doc, Alan Arkin as Hirsch, and Al Pacino as Val in a scene from "Stand Up Guys." (AP Photo/Roadside Attractions, Saeed Adyani)
Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell appear at the curtain call for the opening night performance of the Broadway play 'A Behanding in Spokane' in New York, Thursday, March 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Christopher Walken, Angelo Galasso and Clint Eastwood attend the 'Jersey Boys' Special Screening dinner at Angelo Galasso House on June 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
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."
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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