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Taika Waititi’s 'Our Flag Means Death' trailer sets sail with a 'brigade of imbecile' pirates

Laughs ahoy! Our Flag Fears Death premieres on HBO Max this March. 

By Vanessa Armstrong
Rhys Darby in Our Flag Means Death

Life on the seven seas is full of laughs if you’re setting sail with Taika Waititi’s Our Flag Means Death. The new HBO Max series has an impressive roster of comedic actors led by Rhys Darby (What We Do In The Shadows), who plays Stede Bonnet, a pampered aristocrat who takes a stab at becoming a pirate. 

We haven’t learned much about this series yet beyond casting news, but all that changed today with HBO Max's new teaser trailer for the show. While the clip is a short one, it confirms that Our Flag Means Death has Waititi’s sense of humor as its ballast, and the stellar cast is bringing their all to this seafaring comedic adventure. 

Check out the teaser below:

Did you catch the slew of actors making up this swashbuckling ensemble? In addition to Darby, Our Flag Means Death stars Waititi as “Blackbeard,” history’s most feared and revered pirate. We see Waititi in full Blackbeard regalia at the very end of the teaser, where he calls Darby’s Stede “a fancy man with a fancy ship who travels with a brigade of imbeciles.”

As for that brigade of imbeciles? The rest of the ensemble cast includes Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting), David Fane (Net Goal Wins), Nat Faxon (Your Friends From College), Nathan Foad, Joel Fry (Cruella), Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live), Samson Kayo, Guz Khan (Army of Thieves), Rory Kinnear, Matt Maher (Captain Marvel), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Con O’Neill, Samba Schutte (Sunnyside), and Vico Ortiz.

We see many of these actors in the teaser as well, including Jones picking Stede’s nose with a knife and calling him an idiot (it seems like the throughline of the show is that Stede’s pirating abilities are very below average). 

Our Flag Means Death is executive produced by Waititi and has David Jenkins on board as the show’s creator and showrunner. While we don’t have a specific release date yet, we do know the show premieres on HBO Max sometime in March 2022.