03/11/2013 05:06 pm ET

John Malkovich Joins Pirate Drama 'Crossbones' And More Casting News

John Malkovich will play the world's most famous pirate: Blackbeard.

The two-time Oscar nominee will star as the notorious figure in NBC's action-adventure drama series "Crossbones," Entertainment Weekly reports. Malkovich will start as Blackbeard in the 10-episode series based on Colin Woodard's book "The Republic of Pirates."

In the show set in 1715, Malkovich's legendary pirate reigns over the rest of the thieves and outlaws in the Bahamian island of New Providence. Assassin Tom Lowe is sent to take down Blackbeard, but "the closer he gets, the more enthralled with the community he becomes," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hugh Laurie had previously been offered the role of Blackbeard, but turned town the role of the infamous pirate that now belongs to Malkovich.

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Rick Webber is back! Chris Robinson joins the many alumni returning to "General Hospital" for the show's 50th anniversary. "We did figure out a very surprising and appropriate way to incorporate him into the anniversary," head writer Ron Carlivati said. "There will be a nice, emotional payoff for the audience." [TV Guide]

Hugh Dillon is heading to "Continuum." The "Flashpoint" alum has landed a multi-episode arc on Season 2 of the Syfy series as a charismatic CEO with a mysterious past. [THR]

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