Update 3/11/13: It looks like it was not meant to be for Hugh Laurie as big screen favorite John Malkovich has landed the role as Blackbeard in NBC’s Crossbones after the House alum passed. This is a ten-episode direct to series program, so this will end up on broadcast eventually. Since it has been in development for over a year already, we anticipate a push as the Peacock likely wants to explore their period pirate drama sooner rather than later. Hit the jump for the original piece which had us (and undoubtedly others) very excited about Laurie’s return to the TV drama.
Original 11/20/12: Fresh off his trip into limited release features via The Oranges, Hugh Laurie looks to be headed back to the small screen. The actor is currently in negotiations for the starring role in NBC’s new pirate drama Crossbones–something that fans of the Emmy-nominee will certainly be pleased to hear after feeling that House might have left him in the land of the typecast.
Set against the backdrop of the early 18th century Bahamian island of New Providence, Laurie appears set to play Blackbeard who audiences most recently saw portrayed by Ian McShane in 2011′s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This role will allow him to break out the British accent which was noticeably masked during his time on Fox’s award-winning medical drama.
Luther creator Neil Cross is producing this one along with Flight’s Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Cross is accredited with writing a script that cover’s Blackbeard’s reign over ‘a nation of thieves, outlaws, and miscreant sailors.’ It is unclear what the format will be, but this will likely be less procedural in nature not unlike NBC’s relatively successful rookie drama Revolution.