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.