Taika Waititi is Blackbeard In ‘Our Flag Means Death’

by Tito W. James

The unique new comedy Our Flag Means Death is loosely based on the true adventures of 18th century would-be pirate, Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby) a pampered aristocrat who suffered a midlife crisis and abandoned his life of privilege to become a pirate in the early 18th century. Stede’s fortunes change after a fateful run-in with the infamous Captain Blackbeard (Taika Waititi).

Our Flag Means Death will be an HBO Max Original comedy series. However, I believe the show will sink or swim depending on how well the comedy is executed. Casting Taika Waititi as Blackbeard is brilliant but if the series is revolving around the admittedly less interesting Stede Bonnet the series could be a mixed bag.

Our Flag Means Death is streaming March 3 on HBO Max.

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