Ian McShane to play Blackbeard in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4!

Ian McShane to play Blackbeard in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4!

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If you aren’t completely in love with Ian McShane as an actor, you… well… there’s just something wrong with you.  He’s perhaps one of the very best things to come out of DEADWOOD, though he’s certainly not new to the acting world.  McShane has been honing his craft since the early 1960′s, and has even played a pirate before, which isn’t shocking.  Now there’s some pretty exciting news hitting regarding PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, due out 2011.  It looks like the masterful Ian McShane is currently in talks to portray the baddie for the upcomign PIRATES sequel.  And just who is that villain?  None other that the infamous swashbuckling pirate Blackbeard, aka Edward Teach.  The legend goes that he commanded the ship Queen Anne’s Revenge.  I gotta say, this gives me a new level of excitement for the fourth installment.  If you’re like me (and for God’s sake I hope you’re not), you were let down by the second PIRATES outing, and downright devastated with the lousy excuse for a third movie.  This is Disney’s chance to make up for all of that, and the casting of McShane is definitely a step in the right direction.  The next outing will see the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, joined by Hollywood darling Penelope Cruz, who is to said to be Jack’s foil and equal in many ways.  Geoffrey Rush is also rumored to return as Barbossa.  The movie is supposedly going to involve the Fountain of Youth.  NINE director Rob Marshall takes the helm on this one, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing once again.  The script is written by Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot.

Source: TheHollywoodReporter

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.