Saturday, July 27, 2013

New Pirate Adventure series on Starz: Black Sails

About Black Sails
1715. The Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean is at its apex. The former British colony of New Providence Island is now lawless territory, controlled by a few dozen of the most notorious pirate captains in history. The most feared among the is Captain Flint (Toby Stephens).

But as the British Navy returns to these waters, and the threat of extinction looms, another side of Flint emerges. A man driven by deep, complicated, even romantic motives. He will ally himself with the beautiful Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New), daughter of the local smuggling kingpin who turns the pirates' loot into profits. Together, they forge a plan to hunt the ultimate prize, and by winning it, stave off reclamation of their home by a resurgent empire.

Arrayed against them are a series of opponents: rival captains, jealous of Flint's power; Eleanor's father, whose ambitions for the island conflict with his daughter's; and a young sailor recently recruited onto Flint's crew, who will somehow manage to constantly undermine his captain's agenda. His name is John Silver (Luke Arnold).

Black Sails stars
Toby Stephens as Captain Flint, Captain of the pirate ship Walrus, and known throughout the West Indies as being the most feared of all the Golden Age pirates. His charisma masks a deep, simmering rage, and a propensity towards breathtaking violence. In order to hold off the British and Spanish forces he'll make himself ruler of Nassau through any means necessary.
Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie.  Beautiful and determined, Eleanor is the daughter of Richard Guthrie (Sean Cameron Michael), the wealthiest black marketer in the Bahamas and the chief fence/supplier for the many pirate crews of New Providence. Left by her father to oversee all his dealings with the pirates in Nassau, she owns and operates the tavern on Nassau's main street. Eleanor wields considerable influence, leading her to form a pact with Flint that either bring her dream of complete independence to fruition, or doom it entirely.
Luke Arnold as John Silver, a lowly sailor turned pirate recruit. John Silver is a born opportunist. He insinuates himself into the crew of Captain Flint while secretly possessing the "schedule" Flint so dearly wants. A staunch individualist, Silver resents authority of any kind, a quality that brings him into direct conflict with Flint, even as events conspire to make them reluctant partners in the quest to take the Treasure Fleet.

Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max, seductive, cunning, and coolheaded, works as a prostitute in the brothel. In Eleanor Guthrie, she's found a kindred spirit, a lover, maybe even a savior, but when her aspirations and Eleanor's begin to conflict, their relationship, and Max's well-being, take a dark turn for the worse...

Tom Hopper as Billy Bones, Boatswain of the pirate ship Walrus, and is widely assumed to be the next quartermaster should anything happen to Gates. Billy's belief in the righteousness of the pirate cause will be continually tested as he's drawn deeper and deeper into Flint's plans for the future. 

Mark Ryan as Gates, the Walrus's Quartermaster, elected representative of the crew's interests and a check on the power of the ship's captain. Gates is by far the most senior member of the crew; he is loyal to Flint to a fault and is very much aware he's playing a younger man's game.

Zach McGowan as Captain Vane, the next great pirate captain on New Providence Island, known as much for his vicious temper as his tremendous financial success.

Toby Schmitz as Rackham, Quartermaster on the pirate ship Ranger, Rackham is the brains behind Vane's brawn, and in some ways even more dangerous.

Clara Paget as Anne Bonny. Beautiful and cold-blodded, Bonny is Rackham's lover, and Vane's deadliest henchman. Her youthful looks mask a borderine psychopathic personality.

Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Mr. Scott, Eleanor Guthrie's right-hand. Formerly Richard Guthrie's house slave, his loyalties will be put to the test asEleanor allies herself more closely with Flint.

Black Sails pirates even made their presence known at the Starz booth at the San Diego Comic Con 2013!!! They definitely drew in crowds, checking out the elaborate booth set up, the pirates and, of course, the wenches...haha! As crowds checked out the Black Sails set up, behind all that, attendees were able to watch video clips and trailer(s) of this upcoming Starz original series.

The Starz booth featuring Black Sails at SDCC 2013
Black Sails
Guess I'm a new pirate recruit...haha!!
Yah! Joel has joined the pirate crew...haha!
Captain Mariah!
She's got one hot Quartermaster...haha!

Michael Ausiello chats with the cast of Black Sails at SDCC 2013

Not only is Black Sails a highly anticipated series on Starz, a second season has already been approved...the first season hasn't even aired yet!!! Wow!!!

Check out the Black Sails article on Something to Muse About, here:

Check out the Black Sails video clips below, which includes the official trailer and an "in production now" clip that includes interviews with the cast and more!

Black Sails coming to Starz January 2014

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