Black Sails Exclusive: Who's Playing Blackbeard on Season 3?

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Blackbeard is coming to Black Sails.

Blackbeard is coming to Black Sails.

As we approach the season finale of Black Sails Season 2 this Saturday, Starz has unveiled a key casting announcement:

Ray Stevenson (Rome, Divergent) is stepping into the role of the iconic pirate Blackbeard when Black Sails Season 3 begins airing in early 2016.

According to the network, "one of the most notorious pirates to have ever lived, ‘Edward Teach’ (‘Blackbeard’) returns to settle some unfinished business, but a great deal has changed during his absence, and he will have to disrupt cemented alliances and challenge new ones to achieve the impossible."

Along with the casting news, Starz also released a first look at shooting Season 3, which is currently underway in South Africa. Let's take a look:

Black Sails is created by Jonathan Steinberg and Robert Levine and executive produced by Michael Bay. The series stars Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Zach McGowan, Luke Arnold, Tom Hopper and Jessica Parker Kennedy. 

Black Sails Season 2 airs Saturdays at 9/8c on Starz.

Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of Follow him on Twitter.

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Black Sails Quotes

Silver: Hang on, you're serious about taking the ship?
Flint: What the f**ck did you think?
Silver: I thought this was how you intended to escape.

There's no way of approaching that beach from the land. And even if it weren't for the soldiers, and even if it weren't for the guns; there's a f**king warship watching over every inch of the bay. A f**king warship that's already killed half your number. A f**king warship that will prevent any approach to that beach via the sea. There's simply no way of stealing that gold. But there might be something else you can steal. The f**king warship.