We’ve seen him pull devious tricks as pissy little brother/god Loki in Marvel’s “Thor” franchise, and he’s popped up in numerous roles from “War Horse” to the upcoming “Muppets Most Wanted,” but we’ve never seen Tom Hiddleston as a jolly, singing pirate before.
That’s just what he voices in “The Pirate Fairy,” Disney’s new straight to DVD/Blu-ray animated creation tracking the misadventures of a fairy, voiced by “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks, who steals some magic pixie dust and teams up with pirates along the way. Hiddleston voices a young, pre-hook Captain James Hook.
While we’ll have to wait until April 1 to witness the full glory of this star-filled endeavor — beside Hiddleston and Hendricks, the movie also boasts the vocal talents of Lucy Hale, Megan Hilty and Anjelica Huston, among others — Disney released a featurette with footage of Hiddleston singing in-studio alongside actual animation from the movie.
“They’re all kind of dreaming of all the places that they’re going to pillage and plunder,” Hiddleston says in the clip of the song, which he sings lead on, backed up by, of course, a chorus of pirates.
“Hook knows he’s bad,” Hiddleston said of his character. “He relishes being a pirate and having kind of these huge ambitions to steal and plunder. As a child you’re partly afraid of him, but you partly love him.”
So…Pirate Loki? It’s gonna be a while before we see him back in that dark, stringy wig again, so we’ll take what we can get.