Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard makes that new Peter Pan a LOT more interesting

You know that Peter Pan movie Warner Bros. moved into Batman vs. Superman’s original 2015 release slot? Well, it just picked up some major comic-book geek cred.

The studio has locked up Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, to play the film’s villain, Blackbeard. He might not have his adamantium this time around, but with those muttonchops and a sword, Jackman should make one heck of a believable pirate. As Warner Bros. marketing president Sue Kroll put it: “There is a reason that Hugh is known and loved the world over.”

Jackman will join recently cast Captain Hook actor Garrett Hedlund, who will reportedly team up with Peter Pan to battle Jackman's Blackbeard in Joe Wright’s adaptation of the classic children’s story. The only major part still left open is Peter Pan himself, and considering the unorthodox approach, we’re curious to see who they cast.

What makes this even more interesting is that Marvel stalwart Jackman will now go toe to toe with the company’s new kid on the block in Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, which was moved up after Batman vs. Superman vacated the spot. That should make for a pretty great weekend faceoff.

Do you think this could make for a cool Peter Pan flick? Is Jackman a good pick for Blackbeard?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)