McShane to Play Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean !


Ian McShane (“Deadwood”) is in negotiations to play the villain Blackbeard in Walt Disney Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, to be directed by Rob Marshall.

The Hollywood Reporter says McShane will play the legendary pirate–whose real name was Edward Teach–who piloted the ship Queen Anne’s Revenge.

McShane will join Johnny Depp, reprising his role of Captain Jack Sparrow, and Penelope Cruz, Sparrow’s foil and equal in many ways, in a story that revolves around the Fountain of Youth.

Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot wrote the script for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is scheduled for a May 20, 2011 release.