Hugh Jackman Shaves His Head to Play Blackbeard in Joe Wright’s PAN

     June 10, 2014

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While I’ve been underwhelmed by a lot of the recent live-action adaptations of beloved fairy tales, I’m really looking forward to Warner Bros. upcoming Peter Pan redo.  Tentatively titled Pan, the pic has an inventive and ambitious director in Joe Wright (Hanna, Atonement) and an eclectic cast that includes Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and Garret Hedlund as Hook.  You may have noticed Jackman growing his beard out recently to play the pirate Blackbeard, and now that his duties as host of the Tony Awards are over, he’s diving head-first into the character.  Earlier today, the actor shared an image of himself in the makeup chair for Pan, complete with a shaved head and beard in the process of being darkened.  He previously told us that the only problem with Pan was that he was growing a “black and white beard” instead of a black beard, and it appears that makeup is now taking care of the slight color discrepancy.

Hit the jump to check out the Hugh Jackman Blackbeard image for yourself and for more on the project.  Pan is currently in production in London and opens in theaters July 17, 2015.

Image courtesy of Jackman’s Instagram.

The rest of the Pan cast is filled out by newcomers Levi Miller and Leni Zieglmeier as Peter and Wendy, respectively, along with Amanda Seyfried, Adeel Akhtar, Jack Charles, Taejoo Na, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Kurt Egyiawan, and Lewis MacDougall.

Here’s the official synopsis for Pan:

Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the film follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland.  There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

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