Crossbones begins casting

Posted by CB Droege

Crossbones - the title refers to a design element typical of privateer flags - will follow the escapades of an assassin for the British government from the American colonies, sent to infiltrate the inner circle of the infamous Blackbeard in the Caribbean.

NBC ordered a short season of Crossbones last spring, and production was to begin in the fall for a mid-season start, but unknown delays stalled the development of the series pilot, and it has only just begun casting.

First on the cast list is John Malkovich, veteran of television and Hollywood, most recently seen in the zombie romantic comedy Warm Bodies. Malkovich will play the role of Edward Teach, AKA Blackbeard, who rules over a small island of rogues and ne’er-do-wells in the Caribbean. A situation which the crown wants remedied for the sake of its honor and its shipping lanes.

The official synopsis is thus:

"Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the pirates’ haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can’t help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds – and no law. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard’s rule. He is a man with many villainous rivals and one great weakness – a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny."

So far, there is no other casting information, nor have new production or release dates been announced, but with casting just now beginning, I would guess that they are shooting for a fall start for the series. The network has only ordered 13 episodes, but it’s not clear if that’s intended to be the entire season.