Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe to Empire!
Save up to 63%
Halo 5 Guardians
The Master Chief returns
Movie News

Daredevil Debuts A Season 2 Poster
Concept art heads to NYCC
Terminator Genisys Producer Says The Franchise Is ''Re-Adjusting''
Dana Goldberg insists plans are not on hold indefinitely
The Good Lie's Philippe Falardeau Directing The Bleeder
Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts still on board the boxing drama
Disney's Moana Finds Its Lead Voice
Aula'i Carvalho will play the young explorer
Lex Luthor Makes The Fortune 500
Jesse Eisenberg's archvillain finds fame
Sony Plans A Danger Mouse Movie
Ooh crikey!
More Movie News

Tom Hiddleston Explains Loki's Absence From Avengers Age Of Ultron
'It was imbalancing people's expectations'
More Movie News

11 March 2016
Crimson Peak
16 October 2015
More Future Films

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Lost River (2015)
Empire Star Rating
God’s Pocket
Empire Star Rating
Exhibition (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Tom Hiddleston & Christina Hendricks Talk The Pirate Fairy
They're starring in the new Disney 'toon

10 August 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Exclusive

submit to reddit

Tom Hiddleston is burdened with a fresh purpose, and a new villainous alter ego. Disney announced at today’s D23 event that he’s taking on the role of a younger Captain Hook in one of the company’s new Tinker Bell films, The Pirate Fairy. And, naturally, we took the opportunity to talk to him, because what’s a press line without a conversation with the man, the legend, the Loki?

The Pirate Fairy will focus on Christina Hendricks’s Zarina, who the Mad Men actress describes as “scrappy and inquisitive and smart and scientific and daring and really fun to play”. Not your average Disney pixie, then. “She's a dust-keeper and is trying to break out of her category and experiment and discover things. She's trying to change her fortune. So she ends up stealing some blue pixie dust and ends up getting in some big trouble. But helpfully her fairy friends reach out.”

Hendricks took the stage alongside Hiddleston after the surprise casting announcement, and she’s still recovering. “That room full of people went crazy for him.”

Hiddleston himself tried to play it down in typically modest fashion, but we suggested he could soon be able to stride into Disney stores and be greeted with a rapturous welcome, much as he can at Comic-Con. “But in both cases I don't have long black hair,” he argued. “I may have to buy a wig and just wear it all the time...”

The role was a welcome one for the actor, who admits to being a massive Disney fan and delighted to visit the studio. He broke into his own collection to research the role and find the right, er, hook for his character. “In Peter Pan, he's got this amazing, theatrical quality. He sounds like a real, old-school villain. While I was playing him as a younger man, I wanted to retain some of that gravel in his voice and delight in his mischief. His innate wickedness. He's not someone who has ever pretended to be a hero, he loves the fact he's a pirate captain. I also remembered Dustin Hoffman playing him in Hook and I saw Ian McKellen play him at the National Theatre about 15 years ago. And I wanted to bring my own sense of who I thought he was.

“The thing that's never been done before is I play him as Cabin Boy James, where he seems like an affable, educated, erudite, charming, open-hearted young man, and then there's the big reveal that he's Captain James Hook.”

Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy is set to hit discs next year. Hiddleston, meanwhile, just found a new way to be good at being bad.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Elysium Tops US Box Office
Matt Damon beats drug dealers and talking planes
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

Tom Hiddleston...
...would be a very cool choice for a Jedi. Disney are you listening? More

Posted by Porter at 18:11 on 10 August 2013 | Report This Post

Denis Villeneuve Talks Sicario
On his cartel thriller and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel

Tomorrowland: The Viewing Guide
Brad Bird talks through his sci-fi adventure, scene by scene

Empire Meets Ridley Scott
The great director on The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and the Prometheus sequels

My Movie Life: Justin Kurzel
The Macbeth director on how Rocky changed his life and the worst ever date movie

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

All Hail Macbeth! The Scottish Play On Film
By the pricking of our thumbs, ten adaptations this way come(s)

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)