It looks like Christopher Walken will be putting on his tap dancing shoes once again, this time for NBC’s live production of “Peter Pan.”
The network announced over the weekend that the Oscar-winning actor has been cast as Captain Hook in the upcoming televised musical.
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt announced the news at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday.
“He might really be a song and dance man at heart,” Greenblatt said. “He’s fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play. I guarantee you he’s going to bring his own spin to Captain Hook. He might be the first tap-dancing Captain Hook.”
Greenblatt also revealed that the network had courted “Frozen” star Kristen Bell for the role of Peter, but she was unable to sign on due to her commitment to Showtime’s “House of Lies.”
A Tony-nominated actor with 13 Broaddway credits, Walken is no stranger to musicals on the stage or screen.
“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 Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after Hairspray,” Walken said in a statement. “It’s a chance to put on my tap shoes again.”
“Peter Pan” will also reunite the 71-year-old actor with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, whom he worked with on the set of 2007’s “Hairspray.”
NBC is hoping to once again cash in on the live musical format after last year’s successful broadcast of “The Sound of Music,” which starred country music singer Carrie Underwood.
If history is any indication, “Peter Pan” should draw big numbers. A 1955 live broadcast of the production starring Mary Martin as Peter garnered 65 million viewers.Matt can be reached at email@example.com, and on Twitter@MattchidaMMA.