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Posted: July 15, 2014 at 3:23 a.m.

FILE - This Oct. 1, 2012 file photo shows actor Christopher Walken at the premiere of "Seven Psychopaths" in Los Angeles. NBC says Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in the network’s live version of “Peter Pan.” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told a TV critics’ meeting Sunday, July 13, 2014, that the Oscar-winning actor will bring his own spin to the role. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

• Christopher Walken will grab the hammy role of Captain Hook in NBC's new live version of Peter Pan, the network's follow-up to its hugely successful live musical for this past holiday season, The Sound of Music. Robert Greenblatt, NBC's top entertainment executive, announced the casting of Walken on Sunday in Los Angeles at an annual gathering of television critics. Greenblatt cited Walken's early experience as a song-and-dance man as well as his numerous well-received appearances as a guest host of Saturday Night Live. NBC plans to mount the production, Peter Pan Live!, in December. The network still needs to find a Peter. Greenblatt had no announcement on that front, although he did confirm that the network had pursued Kristen Bell (Frozen) but could not work out a schedule for her because of her commitment to the Showtime series House of Lies. Greenblatt did say that NBC would stick to the tradition of hiring a female star for Peter, after originally thinking that a man might be considered for the part.

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