It’s the true story of the 18th-century “Gentleman Pirate,” a pampered aristocrat who turned to crime.
Fred Armisen, Vico Ortiz Join HBO Max’s ‘Our Flag Means Death’
The adventures of Stede Bonnet inspired the series, according to the streamer.
Bonnet was an 18th-century pampered aristocrat who abandoned his life of privilege to become “The Gentleman Pirate.” He bought a sailboat, named her the Revenge, outfitted it with 10 guns and hired a crew. He later took the name Captain Edwards and formed an alliance with the notorious Blackbeard.
The New Zealand-born L.A.-based comedy actor Rhys Darby (“Yes Man,” “How I Met Your Mother”) will play Bonnet.
Ortiz’s character is named Bonifacia, but Armisen’s role has yet to be announced.
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Armisen, whose mother is Venezuelan, is among the few Latinos who have joined “Saturday Night Live” in the long history of the Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy showcase.
Nominated for various Emmys for the variety sketch series “Portlandia” and “Documentary Now,” he starred, directed, wrote and produced “Portlandia,” which won him a Peabody Award. His other credits include “Los Espookys,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “Easy A.”
Ortiz is a Puerto Rico-born Latinx, non-binary and gender-fluid rising actor who gained notoriety as Cindy in the Amazon series “Transparent.” Ortiz also appeared in the series “The Fosters,” “Lucifer” and “Criminal Minds.” More recently, the Boricua artist has had a guest-starring role in “American Horror Story: 1984” and a recurring role in the GLAAD-nominated freeform comedy “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay.”
The “Saturday Night Live” alumnus and the “Vida” actor are joining a cast that includes Taika Waititi and Nat Faxon, both Academy Award winners. Waititi earned an Oscar for writing “Jojo Rabbit” and Faxon for “The Descendants.” While the former is cast as history’s feared pirate Blackbeard, the latter will star in a yet unspecified role.
The ensemble cast also includes Ewen Bremner (“Trainspotting”), David Fane (“The Tattooist”), Nathan Foad (“Listen to Bapou”), Joel Fry (“Game of Thrones”), Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”), Samson Kayo (“Famalam”), Guz Khan (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” series), Rory Kinnear (“The Imitation Game”), Matt Maher (“Gone Baby Gone”), Kristian Nairn (“Game of Thrones”) and Con O’Neill (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”).
Brillstein Entertainment Partners, WME and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman represent Armisen, while BBA Talent and DePaz Management represent Ortiz.
Fred Armisen and Vico Ortiz Join HBO Max’s ‘Our Flag Means Death’ was first published in LatinHeat Entertainment.
Edited by Gabriela Alejandra Olmos and Fern Siegel