News

Christopher Walken to play Captain Hook in live ‘Peter Pan’

Christopher Walken to play Captain Hook in live ‘Peter Pan’

'PETER PAN:'Veteran actor Christopher Walken has been cast to play Captain Hook in the upcoming TV special "Peter Pan Live!" Photo: Associated Press

Veteran actor Christopher Walken has been cast to play Captain Hook in the upcoming TV special “Peter Pan Live!”

Executives at NBC are developing a musical version of the children’s tale for TV following the success of last year’s broadcast of “The Sound of Music Live!” starring Carrie Underwood as Maria, the role made famous by Dame Julie Andrews in the 1965 movie, and have tapped the “Man on Fire” star for the villainous role.

He says, “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 (producers) Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after (2007 film adaptation of) ‘Hairspray.’ It’s a chance to put on my tap shoes again.”

NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt adds, “He’s one of the most unique actors in our business. He might really just be a song and dance man at heart… This might be the first tap dancing Captain Hook you’ve ever seen.”

“Peter Pan Live!” will air in December.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

This weekend in entertainment history

rainman

A look back on some of Hollywood's most memorable headlines.

in National

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview in New York. Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a musician who recently moved to Seattle from New York, a person close to the Knox family confirmed for The Associated Press. Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, but the former college exchange student maintains her innocence and vows she won’t willingly go back to Italy. Both Knox and Sutherland are 27. No wedding date had been set.

Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.

in National

Time for Iran to make tough decisions in nuclear talks

In this March 26, 2015, photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, leaves a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials at a hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq’s deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement.

Six world powers and Iran move closer to a deal, but there are still major disagreements.

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

AP564917773040_12

A look at some of the biggest plays and best photos in sports this week.

in Local

Marciella Diaz has been sentenced to 80 years in prison

gavel

Marciella Diaz has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for her role in the killing of 15-year old Jasmine Guevara in 2009