Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, is counting on Walken to bring his own spin to the role.
He said, “He’s [Walken] not only one of the most versatile actors in our business, but his love of musicals and uncanny abilities as a dancer make him perfect for stepping into this classic James M. Barrie character. Get ready to be charmed, amused, frightened and dazzled by Captain Hook in an entirely original way.”
Walken’s most recent role is in the “Jersey Boys” film, which is a combination of music and acting. In a news release Walken said, “I started my career in musicals and it’s wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be int his classical 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.”
NBC made the decision to air another live musical after their success with “The Sound of Music” starring Carrie Underwood. The same guys who produced “The Sound of Music” live are working on “Peter Pan Live!”
NBC has yet to comment on other castings for the musical, which will air December 4th, 2014.