Taika Waititi is heading up a new period comedy TV series entitled Our Flag Means Death, and it’s set to star Rhys Darby.

If that latter name doesn’t ring a bell then his face (and voice) definitely will, with classic turns in everything from Flight of the Conchords to a memorable guest spot on The X-Files through to playing Nigel in the latest Jumanji movies.

This series is a collaboration between Waititi, writer David Jenkins and producer Dan Halsted (TV’s People of Earth) and Garrett Basch (the What We Do in the Shadows TV series).

The series is set to be loosely based on the true adventures of 18th century Barbadian pirate Stede Bonnet, who Darby will play. As this version has it, he’s a well-off farmer who suffers a midlife crisis and goes for a literal sea change, becoming the captain of pirate ship Revenge.

We can’t wait to be able to tell you more.