News

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.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Champaign Leads Illinois Cities in 5-Year Growth

Fresh
Champaign

Decatur had drop in population.

in Local

General Assembly to Get Going on Rauner’s Bills

Fresh
Illinois General Assembly

Several bills coming out of the governor's office are on Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda".

in Local

Special Election Candidate Says Raise in Gas Tax Isn’t the Way to Go

Fresh
Mike Flynn

Mike Flynn says there are alternatives to raising gas tax in order to fund the Highway Trust Fund.

in Local

“Workers Comp Reform” Fails in Illinois House

illinois house

The Illinois House closed out the week with Democrats taking another whack at the governor's "Turnaround Agenda."

in Local

New University of Illinois President Visits UIS

5-22-15 timothy kileen

New University of Illinois president Timothy Killeen is reacting to published reports suggesting that community college and university presidents get some pretty expensive perks.