It’s official: NBC says Academy Award winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter) will be playing Captain Hook in the network’s live production of the classic Peter Pan story. Peter Pan Live! will air live on December 4, 2014, with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on board as executive producers. The pair also produced the live broadcast of The Sound of Music.
“We are absolutely delighted that Christopher Walken will be putting his unique stamp on Captain Hook for our holiday musical event Peter Pan Live!,” stated Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “He’s not only one of the most versatile actors in our business, but his love of musicals and uncanny abilities as a dancer make him perfect for stepping into this classic James M. Barrie character. Get ready to be charmed, amused, frightened and dazzled by Captain Hook in an entirely original way.”
“We’re so happy to reunite with Chris, who starred in our film version of Hairspray,” said Peter Pan Live! executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “The exhilarating thing about doing these live musicals is giving the stage to a thrilling performer like Chris, and seeing his once-in-a-lifetime performance unfold at the same moment the audience is watching at home.”
And Walken said, “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 Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after Hairspray. It’s a chance to put on my tap shoes again.”
Check out clips of Christopher Walken dancing throughout the years in a variety of films:
-By Rebecca Murray
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