The actual-life gentleman pirate behind HBO Max’s new collection Our Flag Means Loss of life

A nervous man in 18th-century garb.

Enlarge / Rhys Darby stars as gentleman pirate Stede Bennett within the upcoming HBO Max comedy collection Our Flag Means Loss of life. (credit score: YouTube/HBO Max)

It is no secret that Ars staffers are large Taika Waititi followers. He at all times brings his distinctly quirky sensibility to his initiatives, from What We Do within the Shadows, Wellington Paranormal, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, to JoJo Rabbit, Reservation Canine, and Thor: Ragnarok. After filming wrapped on Thor: Love and Thunder final 12 months, Waititi by some means discovered time to develop a brand new interval comedy collection for HBO Max.

It is referred to as Our Flag Means Loss of life, and HBO simply dropped the primary teaser. The collection is about an aristocrat who abandons his cozy life to develop into a “gentleman pirate.” Even higher: the principle character, Stede Bonnet (performed by Rhys Darby) is predicated on an actual one that sailed with the notorious 18th-century pirate Blackbeard (performed by Waititi within the collection).

The actual Stede Bonnet was born on the island of Barbados in 1688 to a rich English household and inherited a 400-acre property when his father died in 1694. By some accounts, he was a bookish type, and his adolescence was unremarkable. He married, fathered three sons and a daughter, and briefly served within the navy as a serious, though there isn’t any document that he engaged in energetic fight.

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