Starz has a rollicking swashbuckling bloody good time ahead mateys, as the first-look trailer for Black Sails, Starz’s upcoming pirate adventure series executive produced by Michael Bay, is a-hoy.
Enough with the nautical blather. The eight-episode series created by Jon Steinberg and Robert Levin is slated to air next year. The time period is twenty years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and chronicles the tales of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men, including Long John Silver (Luke Arnold).
Starz' description says that these men fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its time period.
This is a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers. Co-starring in the series are Zack McGowan, Hannah New and Jessica Parker Kennedy.
“Black Sails” stars Luke Arnold as the classic character, “John Silver,” in the years before his well-known feats. Arnold is a native of Australia, where he began working in television on series including “McLeod's Daughters,” “Rush” and “Rescue: Special Ops.” He also went on to star in the feature film, Broken Hill. Zack McGowan is featured as “Captain Charles Vane,” a rival pirate captain to the brilliant and feared “Captain Flint,” played by Toby Stephens. McGowan is most recently known for his role in the series, “Shameless.” Hannah New steps into the role of “Eleanor Guthrie,” a beautiful and determined young woman who runs the smuggling operation on New Providence. She is a promising London-born actress who starred in the miniseries, "El Tiempo Entre Costuras (The Time Between Seams)," the feature Fuga De Cerebros 2 and most recently was filming Maleficent, a Sleeping Beauty tale told from the alternative perspective of the villainous sorceress, starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. Rising star Jessica Parker Kennedy has been cast in the role of “Max,” a tortured young prostitute who sees the dark side of New Providence. She is known for her work in the television series, “The Secret Circle,” and has appeared in the films 50/50 and In Time. Clara Paget (in the upcoming Fast and Furious 6, Johnny English Reborn) plays the beautiful but cold-blooded “Anne Bonny.”