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Christopher Walken to play Captain Hook in live ‘Peter Pan’

Christopher Walken to play Captain Hook in live ‘Peter Pan’

'PETER PAN:'Veteran actor Christopher Walken has been cast to play Captain Hook in the upcoming TV special "Peter Pan Live!" Photo: Associated Press

Veteran actor Christopher Walken has been cast to play Captain Hook in the upcoming TV special “Peter Pan Live!”

Executives at NBC are developing a musical version of the children’s tale for TV following the success of last year’s broadcast of “The Sound of Music Live!” starring Carrie Underwood as Maria, the role made famous by Dame Julie Andrews in the 1965 movie, and have tapped the “Man on Fire” star for the villainous role.

He says, “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 (producers) Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after (2007 film adaptation of) ‘Hairspray.’ It’s a chance to put on my tap shoes again.”

NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt adds, “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.”

“Peter Pan Live!” will air in December.

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