Taika Waititi is crashing into the high seas as Blackbeard, the terrifying pirate, in HBO Max’s new comedy series Our Flag Means Death. Variety Learned.
Waititi joins the previously announced lead series Rhys Darby. The duo previously worked together on the HBO series “Flight of the Conchords” and the film “What We Do in the Shadows.” Both projects, Waititi served as writer and director of the HBO series, and was the film’s star, co-writer, co-director and producer.
It was previously announced that Waititi would produce and direct a pilot for “Our Flag Means Death” when the show was ordered to premiere in September 2020.The show is based on the true adventures of Stede Bonnet (Darby). Which is a noble who appeals Who gave up life with the privilege of becoming a pirate
“Our Blackbeard is a legend, a fighter, a tactical genius, a soul, a poet, and maybe just crazy,” says series creator David Jenkins. “Only one man can play the role, and that̵7;s Free. Great Caititi We were too excited to measure, he decided to grow a beard. ”
Waititi won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for “Jojo Rabbit,” which he directed and starred with Adolf Hitler. The film was also nominated for Best Picture that year. He is also best known for directing the MCU film “Thor: Ragnarok” and is currently working in a sequel “Thor: Love and Thunder”. He previously directed the Season 1 finale of “The Mandalorian,” which he received. Emmy nomination for voiceover Droid IG-11. He also won an Emmy in 2020 when the adaptation of the FX series “What We Do in the Shadows” was recognized in Best comedy series
He was repped by CAA and Manage-ment.
“Our flag stands for death” comes from writer, actor and producer David Jenkins, Garrett Basch and Dan Halsted, also serving as executive producers with Waititi.