Michael Bay's pirate series has found its captain.
Starz announced today that "Black Sails," the network's series said to be a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island," has cast Toby Stephens in the prime role of Captain Flint. The series takes place some 20 years before the events of the Stevenson novel, where Flint is the most feared captain during the golden age of pirates. With the crew threatened with extinction, Flint and his men fight for survival on New Providence Island, a hotbed filled with criminals from pirates to thieves to prostitutes. At New Providence, a young stranger named John Silver will join the Walrus crew and change the course of the ship's history.
Stephens is perhaps most well-known as the evil billionaire villain Gustav Graves in the underwhelming Pierce Brosnan 007 flick "Die Another Day." However, the British actor has appeared in numerous notable roles including the 2006 "Jane Eyre" mini-series and Clint Eastwood's aging astronaut odyssey "Space Cowboys."
Jon Steinberg, creator of the cult-favorite "Jericho," serves as showrunner and creator of the "Black Sails" series, with Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes serving as the backing studio. Filming is set to begin in Cape Town, South Africa later this year, with "The Descent" director Neil Marshall helming the pilot.