Popular director and actor Taika Waititi is geared up to play the role of one of the most feared and revered pirates 'Blackbeard' in the upcoming comedy series "Our Flag Means Death."
"Our Flag Means Death" is loosely based on the true adventures of Stede Bonnet (Darby), a pampered aristocrat who abandoned his life of privilege to become a pirate, reports Variety.
Waititi will serve as executive producer and also direct the pilot episode of the series, featuring Rhys Darby in the lead role.
"Our Flag Means Death" is created by David Jenkins, who also serves as the show runner. Garrett Basch and Dan Halsted have co-written the series with Jenkins.
"Our Blackbeard is a legend, a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic soul and quite possibly insane. Only one man could play this role, and that is the great Taika Waititi. We're thrilled beyond measure he's decided to don the beard," said David Jenkins.
Waititi and Darby have previously collaborated on the HBO series Flight of the Concords and the film "What We Do in the Shadows".
Taika Waititi won the Academy Award for best original screenplay for "Jojo Rabbit", which he also directed and starred in as Adolf Hitler.
He is currently directing "Thor: Love and Thunder", the fourth film in the Marvel Studios' Thor franchise.