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Taika Waititi to star in HBO Max period comedy ‘Our Flag Means Death’ – Deadline

Oscar winner Taika Waititi plays another role in HBO period comedy Max Our flag means death. In addition to being executive producer and pilot director, Waititi will star alongside Rhys Darby in writer David Jenkins’ series (People of Earth), Garrett Basch (What we do in the shadows) and Dan Halsted.

Created by Jenkins, who also serves as a showrunner, Our flag means death is loosely based on the true adventures of Stede Bonnet (Darby), a pampered aristocrat who gave up his life of privilege to become a pirate.

Waititi will play Blackbeard, the most feared and revered pirate in history.

“Our Blackbeard is a legend, a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic and perhaps mad soul. Only one man could play this role, and that is the great Taika Waititi. We are thrilled beyond measure that he has decided to put on a beard, ”Jenkins said.

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Waititi executive produces and will also lead the pilot. Jenkins management produces with Basch and Halsted.

Bonnet was a moderately wealthy landowner who later turned to a life of crime as a pirate. He bought a sailboat, named it Revenge, and traveled with his paid crew along the east coast of what is now the United States, capturing other ships and burning other Barbadian ships.

The latest film from screenwriter, director and actor Waititi Jojo Rabbit received six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and earned it an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. He also directed the critically acclaimed blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok for Disney as well as for independent films Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What we do in the shadows, boy and the Oscar nominated short Ttwo cars, one night.

On television, Waititi directed the Season 1 finale of The Mandalorian for Disney +, in which he also voices “IG-11,” and is executive producer of the television adaptation of What we do in the shadows, for which he directed several episodes.

Waititi is currently in post-production on The next goal wins for Searchlight Pictures, which he co-wrote with Iain Morris, directed and produced, based on the 2015 documentary of the same name, and in production on Disney’s Thor: Love and thunder. Waititi has co-created and will produce the upcoming FX comedy series Reservation dogs and can be seen in the upcoming 20th Century Studios feature film Free guy.

Waititi is represented by CAA and management.

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