John Malkovich to Play NBC Pirate

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Words like mateys, avast, and squabbies have heretofore gone unpronounced by John Malkovich, but NBC plans to remedy that by casting the actor to play the pirate Blackbeard for its summer series Crossbones, TV Line reports. (Hugh Laurie was originally in talks for the role way back in November.) Jack Sparrow, you're not the only fey marauder of the seas these days.