Ian McShane In Talks For Next ‘Pirates’ Movie

Now that Rob Marshall has settled in and Disney has confirmed that Johnny Depp will be returning for the fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, currently entitled On Stranger Tides, the studio is now looking to fill the cast with other well-known actors to keep the financial ball rolling.

First news on that front was that Penelope Cruz would be joining as Jack Sparrow’s new squeeze. More news is coming in that Ian McShane, the man who made swearing an art form on the series Deadwood, is currently in negotiations to play the pirate Black Beard.

The actor is best known for Deadwood, but has also been seen in other great projects such as NBC’s short-lived Kings, and the Andy Samberg comedy Hot Rod. The British actor was last seen in the film 44-inch Chest.

No word yet when we will get official word on McShane’s involvement with the film, but with other great actors such as Geoffrey Rush and Bill Nighy taking parts in the film, this seems to be right in line with that pattern.

What are your thoughts on Ian McShane as Black Beard? Who else would you like to see in the next Pirates film? Sound off in our comments below.

  • Anthony
    February 23, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I think that McShane is a perfect person to play Blackbeard. I think he would bring a commanding presence to the role which is the one thing that previous antagonists have brought to Jack’s villains. (Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander).

    I would like to see Jason Isaacs. Maybe they could even find a role for Delroy Lindo or Ving Rhames or some other black person to acknowledge that there were black pirates at that time who had their own ships and crews.

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