Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in NBC's live version of "Peter Pan."
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told a TV critics' meeting Sunday that the Oscar-winning actor will bring his own spin to the role.
Walken could create the first tap-dancing Captain Hook, Greenblatt said, noting the actor got his start in musical theater.
"We are absolutely delighted that Christopher Walken will be putting his unique stamp on Captain Hook for our holiday musical event 'Peter Pan Live!,'" Greenblatt also said in a news release. "He's not only one of the most versatile actors in our business, but his love of musicals and uncanny abilities as a dancer make him perfect for stepping into this classic James M. Barrie character. Get ready to be charmed, amused, frightened and dazzled by Captain Hook in an entirely original way."
Added Walken: "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 and to work with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after 'Hairspray.' It's a chance to put on my tap shoes again."
Walken is on the big screen now in Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys," playing a music-loving mob boss.
"Peter Pan Live!" is a follow-up to the success NBC found with a live version of "The Sound of Music" in 2013 with Carrie Underwood. Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who produced "The Sound of Music," are also working on "Peter Pan Live!"
Other casting has yet to be announced for the Dec. 4 musical.