Actor Hugh Jackman has been approached to play pirate villain Blackbeard in a new Peter Pan film after Javier Bardem passed on the role.

The Skyfall star was in negotiations earlier this year (13) to join the cast of Pan, but he has reportedly dropped out of the project and now director Joe Wright has offered the Australian hunk the opportunity to fill his shoes, according to Variety.

If Jackman accepts the part, he will play the captain of the group of pirates doing battle with Peter Pan.

The new movie adaptation will serve as an origin film based on the fairytale by J. M. Barrie and will tell the story of a young boy who is kidnapped and taken to the fantasy world of Neverland.