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Posted on Tue. Jul. 15, 2014 - 12:30 am EDT

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Actor hooks leading role in ‘Peter Pan’

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — NBC says Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in the network’s live version of “Peter Pan.”

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told a TV critics’ meeting Sunday that the Oscar-winning actor will bring his own spin to the role.

Walken could create the first tap-dancing Captain Hook, Greenblatt said, noting the actor got his start in musical theater.

Walken is on the big screen now in Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys,” playing a music-loving mob boss.

“Peter Pan Live!” is a follow-up to the success NBC found with a live version of “The Sound of Music” in 2013 with Carrie Underwood. Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who produced “The Sound of Music,” are also working on “Peter Pan Live!” Other casting has yet to be announced for the Dec. 4 musical.

– Associated Press


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