Toby Stephens will lead Michael Bay's Starz drama 'Black Sails'
Pirating drama is a bit of a 'Treasure Island' prequel
English actor Toby Stephens
is dropping anchor as the lead in Starz's pirate drama "Black Sails," from producer Michael Bay
Set to premiere on Starz in 2014, "Black Sails" is a prequel-of-sorts to the Robert Louis Stevenson classic "Treasure Island."
The eight-episode first season will feature Stephens as Flint, feared pirate captain and commander of the Walrus. As the story begins, Flint's crew adds a young stranger by the name of John Silver and you kinda know where things go from there.
Credits for Stephens includes BBC's "Jane Eyre" and features including "Orlando," "Die Another Day" and "Space Cowboys."
Stephens' most recent project for American TV was a role on NBC's "Prime Suspect," a part that was subsequently recast and largely written out of the short-lived drama.