The actor will return to his Broadway roots for the Dec. 4 telecast

By Michele Corriston
Updated July 13, 2014 03:00 PM
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A pirate’s life is a wonderful life – for Christopher Walken.

The Oscar-winning actor has been cast as Captain Hook in NBC’s upcoming telecast of Peter Pan Live!, the network announced Sunday.

“I started my career in musicals and it’s wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be in this classic musical I watched as a child,” Walken, whose dance moves can be seen on screen now in the movie adaptation of Jersey Boys, said in a statement. “It’s a chance to put on my tap shoes again.”

The production will air Dec. 4 and follows the success of NBC’s first live, televised musical, last December’s The Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer and Audra McDonald.

Peter Pan Live! will follow the script of Jerome Robbins’ original Broadway musical based on the classic book by J.M. Barrie. It isn’t the only project Hollywood has in the works about the boy who never grew up: Hugh Jackman will appear as Blackbeard in the 2015 film Pan.

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