Christopher Walken will star as Captain Hook in NBC's live stage performance of Peter Pan. And he'll be tap dancing.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt is expected to announce Walken's casting at today's Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
This isn't the first time NBC has staged a live broadcast of a Peter Pan musical. The new take on the play comes almost sixty years after the network's live telecast of the Broadway production, which opened in 1954. Sez Walken:
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.
On that last point, Greenblatt has said that Walken's might be "the first tap dancing Captain Hook you've ever seen." Normally, the thought of a toe-tapping Hook would give us pause, but this? This we're actually kind of excited about. I mean, have you seen Walken dance? The man knows how to move: