Christopher Walken Signs On For Captain Hook Role in NBC’s “Peter Pan”

Posted Monday July 14, 2014 11:43 AM GMT

He’s a living legend with oodles of talent and Christopher Walken is about to trade his hand for a hook in the forthcoming NBC live action remake of “Peter Pan.”

The “Catch Me If You Can” star will play Captain Hook as he reunites with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, with whom he worked in “Hairspray.”

NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt told press, "He's one of the most unique actors in our business. 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."

Walken added, "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."

Meanwhile, Greenblatt also noted that he was unable to secure Kristen Bell for the lead role of Peter because of other career commitments. "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. 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."

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