What’s a Peter Pan story without a few pirates? When you journey to Neverland with the sweetly innocent Peter in tow, though, you mainly expect to see Captain Hook. And you will. But first, as Joe Wright prepares to pull back the curtain on next summer’s Pan, we meet Blackbeard, the true villain of the piece as played by Hugh Jackman.
Entertainment Weekly got the exclusive images of Jackman in character as Blackbeard, the ruthless pirate legend who’ll be the foil to young Peter Pan (newcomer Levi Miller). That doesn’t mean that Joe Wright’s spin on the J.M. Barrie classic will lack for tradition, even as the director tells the magazine, “This isn’t exactly the Neverland story you know.” Garrett Hedlund will play Hook, though he still has both hands and is painted more as a rugged explorer trapped in Neverland and willing to help young Peter. Rooney Mara plays Tiger Lily, an action heroine who might be the focus of the movie. And the majority of the scenery will be devoured by Hugh Jackman, playing the orphan-stealing Blackbeard. Pan opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.