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Cannes: Nick Frost to Play Captain Pugwash in Live-Action Adaptation

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Nick Frost is to take the lead in an upcoming live-action big-screen adaptation of the much-loved British children’s cartoon CaptainPugwash.

The Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz star will play the infamous, bumbling and cowardly pirate Captain Pugwash in the new project, Pugwash, being introduced to buyers in Cannes by Carnaby International.

Fellow Brit star Jason Flemyng (X-Men First Class, Snatch) will also be boarding Pugwash’s ship The Black Pig, with other major casting announcements expected soon.

"Besides Winston Churchill and Henry VIII, Captain Horatio Pugwash seems like a role I was born to play,” said Frost, a recent addition to AMC's Into the Badlands. “I cannot wait to get going."

Created originally as a series of children's comic strips and books by late British cartoonist John Ryan, Captain Pugwash was adapted into a TV series that was first shown on the BBC in 1957 in live-action using cardboard cut-outs and later as a traditional animated series.

The new big-screen outing will be set in the Golden Age of piracy, with the story seeing the lily-livered con-artist Pugwash put on a ship to Botany Bay. But when he escapes, he finds himself at the helm of the Black Pig on a mission to rescue Cabin Boy Tom’s father, who has been marooned on a volcanic island with a hoard of treasure protected by an army of angry ghosts.

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