Deadline reports that Tron: Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund has landed the role of Hook in Joe Wright’s upcoming literary re-imagining Pan, which will give J.M. Barrie’s play “the Batman Begins treatment.” Hedlund won the role over Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’s Ezra Miller. The script by Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift) follows “an orphan…taken to the magical world of Neverland, where he becomes the savior of the natives and leads a rebellion against evil pirates.” As previously reported, Hugh Jackman is lined up to play Blackbeard, the chief antagonist.
Hedlund’s character is supposedly the lead in Pan, but with the orphan/flying hero's name in the title and Blackbeard as the main villain, that leaves Hook’s role in the story uncertain. Will Hook simply be the boatswain (a la Mr. Smee) to Captain Blackbeard? Or will he be a mere cabin boy who loses his hand defending the ship from Pan, leading to the quest for revenge that consumes Hook’s entire life? Whatever happens, with Joe Wright directing, you can least be sure of an expressive long take across the Jolly Rodger, somewhere in the middle of the film.