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Walken to play Captain Hook

Christopher Walken is taking on an oh-so iconic role: Captain Hook.

The Oscar winner will play the hook-handed villain in NBC’s live musical presentation of “Peter Pan” on Dec. 4, the network announced at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday.

“We are absolutely delighted that Christopher Walken will be putting his unique stamp on Captain Hook,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, in a statement.

Walken, 71, said he started his career doing musicals, and that “it’s wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be in this classic musical I watched as a child.”

“It’s a chance to put on my tap shoes again,” he said.

No other casting choices have been announced.

‘American Psycho’ set for stage

The yuppie serial killer Patrick Bateman from “American Psycho” is about to stalk an off-Broadway stage.

Second Stage Theatre said Monday it will stage the musical based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 Manhattan-based novel starting in February. No casting was announced.

The book for the stage version was written by playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and is directed by Rupert Goold. Duncan Sheik has penned music and lyrics for more than a dozen original songs, including “You Are What You Wear.”

Almeida Theatre in London staged the play’s world premiere in December.

Archie to die a hero

Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend.

The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday’s installment of “Life with Archie” when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, Archie Comics’ first openly gay character.

Andrews’ death, which was first announced in April, will mark the conclusion of the series that focuses on grown-up renditions of Andrews and his Riverdale pals.

“The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie,” said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO. “He dies heroically. He dies selflessly. He dies in the manner that epitomizes not only the best of Riverdale but the best of all of us. It’s what Archie has come to represent over the past almost 75 years.”

Jane to star in SyFy thriller

Syfy network says Thomas Jane will star as a world-weary detective in an other-worldly thriller for the network.

In “The Expanse,” Jane will play Detective Miller, a native of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter two centuries in the future. He’s put in charge of the investigation into a missing heiress. This 10-episode series, billed as a “space opera,” is based on the best-selling book series by James S.A. Covey. It will premiere on Syfy in 2015.

Jane previously starred in the HBO series “Hung.”

The announcement was made Monday.

– From News wire services

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