Christopher Walken to Play Captain Hook in NBC’s Live Peter Pan Musical Special

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By Shari Weiss


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Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in the NBC musical special of Peter Pan.

The network made the announcement during the Television Critics’ Association’s summer press tour on Sunday.

NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters, “He might really be a song and dance man at heart. He’s fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play.”

“I guarantee you he’s going to bring his own spin to Captain Hook,” added the exec. “He might be the first tap dancing Captain Hook.”

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Walken is the first and only cast member to be announced for the production so far.

The Oscar winner previously started in the big-screen remake of Hairspray, and this new gig reteams him with the film’s producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Walken says in a statement, “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.”

The project, slated to air live in December, follows last year’s adaptation of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood.

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