Pirate dramas are kind of a thing right now between NBC’s currently in production “Crossbones” and Starz’ upcoming series “Black Sails.” The second of which, starring up and coming actors Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Hannah New and Jessica Parker Kennedy, premiered its first trailer just last month, and now Starz has released new character promos and promotional stills from the first season.
Taking place in 1715, twenty years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel “Treasure Island,” this prequel spins the dastardly tale of how a merry band of pirates fought the British Navy to retain control of New Providence Island in the Bahamas. A young sailor named John Silver (Arnold) becomes the star of his own adventure after he’s recruited by the brilliant and feared Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) to board the pirate ship Walrus. Once welcomed into the crew, together these two unlikely comrades join forces against rival Captain Charles Vane (McGowan).
Meanwhile, the island teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers is kept alive by Eleanor Guthrie (New). By day she’s the owner of a rowdy Nassau saloon, and by night the head of a vast smuggling operation specializing in turning the pirates’ loot into profit. Always at her side is close friend and sometimes lover Max (Kennedy), a prostitute who ends up seeing the dark side of the conflict.
“Black Sails” premieres its eight-episode first season on Jan. 25 at 9PM on Starz, but production is already scheduled to begin this month in Cape Town, South Africa on the second season. Be one of the first to join this nation of thieves by introducing yourself to the residents of New Providence below.
UPDATE 11/23: Starz has released a new trailer.