Ray Stevenson Joins Starz’s Black Sails as Blackbeard

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Blackbeard Black SailsStarz announced today that Ray Stevenson (“Rome,” Thor) has joined the cast of their Emmy-winning original series “Black Sails” as the iconic pirate Blackbeard, also known as Edward Teach. One of the most notorious pirates to have ever lived, Blackbeard returns to settle some unfinished business, but a great deal has changed during his absence, and he will have to disrupt cemented alliances and challenge new ones to achieve the impossible.

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Starz also released a new behind-the-scenes ‘first look’ at season three, which is currently in production in South Africa. Check it out below and catch the season two finale on Saturday, March 28th at 9 pm ET/PT, exclusively on Starz.

“Black Sails” is created by executive producers Jonathan E. Steinberg (“Jericho,’ “Human Target”) and Robert Levine (“Touch”) and is also executive produced by Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon) and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, producers on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Purge. “Black Sails” follows the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens), and his men, and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Chris Symes and Dan Shotz also serve as executive producers.

Stevenson joins “Black Sails” star Toby Stephens, Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie, Luke Arnold as the classic character, John Silver, in the years before his well-known feats, Jessica Parker Kennedy in the role of Max, a young prostitute with an eye towards advancement, Tom Hopper as the “Treasure Island” character Billy Bones, Zach McGowan as Captain Charles Vane, a rival pirate to Captain Flint, Clara Paget as the deadly Anne Bonny, and Toby Schmitz as Jack Rackham.