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Nick Frost to play Captain Pugwash in live-action film

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Story by Jack Foley

NICK Frost is to play Captain Pugwash in a live-action big screen revival of the much-loved British children’s cartoon.

The Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz star will play the infamous, bumbling and cowardly pirate in the new project, entitled Pugwash.

Fellow British actor Jason Flemyng, of X-Men First Class and Snatch fame, will also be boarding Pugwash’s ship The Black Pig.

Further casting details are expected soon.

Frost commented: “Besides Winston Churchill and Henry VIII, Captain Horatio Pugwash seems like a role I was born to play. I cannot wait to get going.”

Created originally as a series of children’s comic strips and books by the 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. It was later redone as a traditional animated series.

The new big-screen outing will be set in the Golden Age of piracy, as Pugwash is put on a ship to Botany Bay, only to escape and find 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.

To add to the adventure, Pugwash soon finds he has the infamous pirate Cut-Throat Jake on his tail.

Pugwash is being written and directed by two-time Emmy and Berlin Bear winner John Hay (Stig of the Dump, Lost Christmas).

Justin Johnson, one of the film’s producers, added: “Today’s audiences are going to love our funny, fresh, indie take on Pugwash. It will be as if Peter Cook had run into Blackadder at a party, had a few too many rums and set off on a mad voyage together. In fact, a lot of the time we think it will be adults who will be dragging their kids along to see what we’ve made of their childhood hero.”

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