Christopher Walken Tapped to Play Captain Hook in ‘Peter Pan Live’ Telecast

By Alyssa Pereira

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.




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