Few can outplay Dustin Hoffman’s rendition of the Captain in 1991’s Hook, but if anyone is going to give it a good shot, it’s going to be Christopher Walken.
And this ain’t any old Hook.
NBC is staging a live production of the classic tale, calling it “Peter Pan Live,” and will feature some song and dance, unlike Hoffman’s version. Walken, who has a history in the fine arts, which we pretty much gathered thanks to an appearance in a now-legendary Fatboy Slim video, will bust out some moves during the live telecast.
Walken has appeared in at least a couple filmed musical adaptations, including Hairspray and Jersey Boys. NBC’s chairman of entertainment Bob Greenblatt stated, “It might be the first tap-dancing Captain Hook you’ve ever seen.”
Walken had this to say about the role:
“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.”
No word on who else will be in the show.