NYCC 2013: Black Sails Cast Interviews

There were pirates galore at New York Comic Con this year – and not just on the exhibition floor – as the cast of Black Sails descended upon the Big Apple.

There is a ton of buzz surrounding Starz’s new pirate drama, set to debut in January. So much buzz, in fact, that the network went ahead and renewed it for a second season based on the overwhelmingly positive reaction it received at San Diego Comic Con. In a day and age where most shows don’t even make it through the first season, it’s virtually unheard of to get green lit for a second season months before your first episode even airs.

So what’s so special about Black Sails? We got a chance to sit down with the cast at NYCC to find out.

In case you don’t know, Black Sails is a prequel to Treasure Island. Set in the same universe, the show takes some of the characters we know from the book – Long John Silver, Captain Flint, Billy Bones – and mixes in some pirates that actually existed – Charles Vane and Calico Jack, to name a couple. Together, it sounds like they build a rich universe that’s very different from most of the pirate fluff we’ve seen on the big screen recently.

First up, Captain Flint himself – Toby Stephens. He was joined by the lovely Hannah New, who plays Eleanor Guthrie. The pair talked a bit about their characters and how they prepared to take them on.

Let me tell you – Mr. Stephens is intense in person! He’s got an amazing presence – I can’t wait to see him as Flint.

Next up were Jessica Parker Kennedy (Max) and Luke Arnold (John Silver), who talked about what drew them to the show. Surprisingly, they wanted to work on a show about pirates! Of course, the Michael Bay bit didn’t hurt, either.

This role is a huge departure for Kennedy, whose biggest roles to date were on the 90210 reboot and The Secret Circle, both young adult type shows. Somehow, I get the feeling there will be some parental guidance warnings on this one…

Up next were Mark Ryan (Gates) and Zach McGowan (Captain Vane). Unlike the others we’d spoken to thus far, Zach was in a unique situation in that he is playing a historical pirate, as opposed to a character from Treasure Island lore, or another original character. Gates is the ship’s quarter master – basically, Captain Flint’s right hand man.

What a charming pair these two were – I especially loved seeing their reactions to the fan enthusiasm this show is already getting. No pressure, guys!

I have been waiting for a show to come along and fill the Spartacus-sized hole in my heart for a while now. Black Sails might just fit the bill – I loved learning more about the show and seeing everyone’s enthusiasm for it. I’m no psychic, but I’d be willing to bet that Starz has got another hit on its hands.

Be sure to tune in when Black Sails premieres in January, and keep an eye right here on Geek Syndicate, where we’ll have reviews, news, and more!


Reporter: Mirjana

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