Oscar winner and multi-Emmy Award nominee Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Jojo Rabbit) and writer/showrunner David Jenkins (People of Earth) are continuing to round out the cast for their upcoming HBO Max period comedy series Our Flag Means Death. Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Nathan Foad (Bloods), Samson Kayo (Truth Seekers), Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful), Con O'Neill (The Batman), and Vico Ortiz (Vida) are joining the project. Garrett Basch (The Night Of, What We Do in the Shadows) and Dan Halsted are set to executive produce alongside Waititi and Jenkins.
The series stars Rhys Darby (Wrecked, "Jumanji" film franchise) as Stede Bonnet, whose real-life adventures will loosely serve as the basis for the series. A moderately wealthy landowner, Bonnet turned to the pirate life- traveling the Eastern Seaboard with his crew on the Revenge, capturing or burning other vessels. Along with executive producing and directing the pilot, Waititi will be tackling the role of history's most feared and revered pirate, Blackbeard. Nairn plays Wee John Feeney, while Foad is Lucius, and Kayo plays Oluwande. Meanwhile, Kinnear does double duty as Captain Nigel Badminton and Chauncey Badminton, while O'Neill is on board as Izzy and Ortiz is set as Bonifacia.
"Our Blackbeard is a legend, a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic soul and quite possibly insane," said Jenkins in a statement when the news was first released. "Only one man could play this role, and that is the great Taika Waititi. We're thrilled beyond measure he's decided to don the beard." Waititi is expected to film the pilot after wrapping production on Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder. "A series concept like this jumps off the page and you can instantly envision every moment," said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO MAX, in a statement when Our Flag Means Death was first announced. "David and Taika's unique take on Bonnet's rollicking misadventures on the high seas, are sure to thrill and delight audiences everywhere."