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New NBC television drama 'Crossbones' with John Malkovich

Per NBC....Emmy-winner John Malkovich returned to the network television last Friday as the swashbuckling 18th-century pirate Blackbeard, ruling over a secret Caribbean island while outwitting and eluding the English navy, in the new NBC television drama “Crossbones.”

 John Malkovich in Crossbones
NBC

The adventure series is a reimagining of the story of the notorious English buccaneer, named for his dark biblical beard and fierce appearance, who terrorized the seas and plundered ships.

Blackbeard was killed in 1718, but in “Crossbones,” written by award-winning writer Neil Cross, who created the British crime drama “Luther,” he is still alive years later and determined to get his hands on the newly invented longitude chronometer, a navigational device for ships.

“He’s mercurial, charming, witty, sometimes haunted and very, very brutal, but also in a strange way loyal - just a very complex character,” Malkovich, 60, said of Blackbeard.