Shiver me timbers! Nick Frost to play Captain Pugwash in movie
Shaun Of The Dead star Nick Frost will play the bumbling, cowardly pirate Captain Pugwash in a new live-action film.
Captain Pugwash has entertained fans since the classic children’s books, penned by John Ryan, were released in the 1950s along with a liveaction series using cardboard cut-outs.
It was turned into an animated series in the 1970s.
Frost shared his delight upon being cast as the children’s TV favourite, jokingly comparing the character to the likes of Winston Churchill and Henry VIII.
He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be involved in this project.
“Besides Winston Churchill and Henry VIII, Captain Horatio Pugwash seems like a role I was born to play. I cannot wait to get going.”
Set in the golden age of piracy, the big-screen production will see cowardly con-artist Pugwash sent off to Botany Bay before escaping and finding himself at the helm of the Black Pig and on a rescue mission to a volcanic island.
Captain Pugwash was a popular animated series in the 1970s.