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Marvel star Taika Waititi is unrecognisable as he transforms into Blackbeard for new show Our Flag Means Death


MARVEL star Taika Waititi has completely transformed for his role as Blackbeard in a new show.

The director and actor is unrecognisable as he takes on the legendary part in HBO Max comedy series, Our Flag Means Death.


Taika Waititi, who is dating Rita Ora, has been transformed for his new role[/caption]

The actor and director stars as Blackbeard in Our Flag Means Death

Taika, 46, who is currently dating singer Rita Ora, is seen making his debut appearance on the show in a hilarious first look trailer.

Leading the cast is Flight of the Conchords star Rhys Darby who plays wealthy landowner Stede Bonnet, who fancies himself as a pirate.

Partially based on a real-life individual, Stede takes control of the ship Revenge and hires an interesting set of characters to make up his crew.

But as the trailer shows, his plan to become the first ever ‘gentleman pirate’ does not seem to be working.

With constant threats from other pirates on the sea, his biggest threat comes in the form of Waititi’s menacing Blackbeard.

Catching a glimpse of Blackbeard, he brands Stede a “fancyman”, heading up a “brigade of imbeciles”.

Waiti who directed Thor: Ragnarok and Love and Thunder, as well as voicing several Marvel characters, is an executive producer on the series and has directed the first episode.

Our Flag Means Death showrunner David Jenkins said of Taitka’s take on the role: “Our Blackbeard is a legend, a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic soul, and quite possibly insane.

“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.”

Due to premiere on HBO Max in March, Our Flag Means Death also stars Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones, Trainspotting actor Ewen Bremner, Fred Armisen (Big Mouth) and Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones).

Rhys Darby heads up the cast in the HBO Max comedy
A brief glimpse of Taika as Blackbeard is given in the trailer

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