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Josh Duhamel voicing pirate on Disney’s animated “Jake”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Disney Channel’s animated series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” which runs daily on Disney Junior, is a clever way to extend the studio’s “Peter Pan” brand.

It features three young pirate adventurers – Jake, Izzy and Cubby – as they seek out treasure and take on Pan’s rivals, Capt. Hook and Mr. Smee. My three-year-old adores it, and he hadn’t yet seen “Pan,” so this was a great way to introduce him to the world of Peter and his lost boys.

And now it sounds like the show’s getting a new, recurring character voiced by … Josh Duhamel?

The “Transformers” star is lending his voice to the character of Capt. Flynn, who Deadline describes as “a dashing young pirate who is well-known for his legendary adventures on the Never Sea.”

“Flynn and his boat, The Barracuda, are plucked from the sea in a giant windstorm and shipwrecked in the Never Land Desert, where Jake and his crew find him,” the site reports.

Duhamel has “Transformers” money, so a spot on a Disney cartoon doesn’t seem necessary. He is married to Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, though the couple doesn’t have kids yet. Maybe he’s planning for a not-too-distant future?

In the meantime, the animated series will be back in business for its second season early next year.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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