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John Malkovich joins NBC pirate series

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Now here’s a dangerously (good) liaison: NBC has lured John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons) for the period pirate drama Crossbones, a series in the works for next season. Malkovich will play Edward Teach, a.k.a Blackbeard, who “ruled over the pirates, thieves and ne’er-do-wells on the Bahamian island of New Providence in the early 1700s.” Crossbones has a 10-episode series order; it was supposed to air sometime this season but will likely go next fall, instead.

The was originally talk that Hugh Laurie would play the role of Blackbeard as a follow-up to his work on Fox’s House M.D.