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Crossbones is a 2014 television series that has its basis in the history of the Golden Age of Piracy. Specifically, it is based a book entitled The Republic of Pirates, written by Colin Woodard. Crossbones takes place during the eighteenth century and is essentially a fictionalized biography of the life of Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, who is the protagonist and played by John Malkovich. The particular event is the War of the Spanish Succession in the Bahamas, the British Empire thinks Blackbeard is dead but in truth he's only hiding and doing his work of piracy in secret in the West Indies. Blackbeard is famous for being the most well known and notorious pirate to ever take a hold in the history books. Also included in the main cast are characters Tom Lowe, played by Richard Coyle, Selima El Sharad, played by Yasmine Al Masri, and Kate Balfour, who is played by Claire Foy. Lowe was first sent as an assassin to kill Blackbeard but starts to sympathize with him as time goes on.

Aside from the book it's based on, Crossbones is a work created by Neil Cross, James V. Hart and Amanda Welles.

NBC
1 Season, 12 Episodes
May 30, 2014
Action & Adventure, Drama
6.5/10
Cast: John Malkovich, Richard Coyle, Claire Foy, Yasmine Al Massri
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  • While undergoing a complex brain operation to rid himself of his alter ego, Jason discovers the true source of Ian Price.

  • Dr. Marcado continues to optimize his kill drug, but should he use his concoction to eliminate Ian or Jason?

  • As Jason's secret begins to unravel, Ian solicits the help of Jason's most trusted ally, Dr. Marcado.

  • Lowe must decide if he should save the people he loves, the man he looks up to, or the legacy Edward Teach has built.

  • Blackbeard sends Rider, Nenna, and Tom Lowe on a mission to raid a Spanish stronghold.

  • With few allies left in Santa Campana, the situation worsens for Tom when Nenna tries to escape. Meanwhile, James makes a dangerous alliance.

  • In an effort to protect the people of Santa Campana from William Jagger's wrath, Lowe plots to kidnap Blackbeard and deliver him to the English authorities. Meanwhile, Jagger looks for answers at an an insane asylum.

  • Lowe figures out a way to report back to his spymaster, only to discover that Jagger may be the questionable one.

  • Lowe discovers Blackbeard plans on attacking innocent civilians in Jamaica so he comes up with a way to report back to his spymaster, William Jagger.

  • Kate gets caught on a trading voyage so now Blackbeard and Lowe have to work together to try to rescue her before she shows the island's location to William Jagger.

  • When Blackbeard's plans are rejected by a popular Pirate Captain, he considers eliminating a dangerous old friend for his plan to work.

  • In the series premiere, an important device is taken from HMS Petrel by pirates under the command of the legendary, Edward Teachbetter, also known as Blackbeard, who the world has presumed dead.

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John Malkovich Set to Star in NBC's Pirate Drama 'Crossbones'

John Malkovich has been roped in to star in NBC's pirate themed drama series "Crossbones", playing the famous pirate captain Blackbeard himself. Are you on board for a pirate adventure?