Ahead of the Pilot episode airing on Friday May 30 at 10 PM ET, NBC has released the first trailer for the 10-episode pirate series Crossbones. John Malkovich stars as the nefarious pirate Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, who leads a nation of pillagers and plunderers. Richard Coyle portrays Tom Lowe, an assassin disguised as a doctor, who is sent in to get close to Blackbeard. Take a look at the first footage from this upcoming NBC series, which co-stars Tracy Ifeachor, David Hoflin, Yasmine Al Massri and Claire Foy.

It's 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, a.k.a Blackbeard (John Malkovich, In the Line of Fire), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder's paradise, this is a place like no other on earth, and a mounting threat to international commerce. To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the pirates' haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can't help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard's rule. He is a man with many villainous rivals and one great weakness, a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny. Writer Neil Cross, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold serve as executive producers. Crossbones is a production of Universal Television, Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Georgeville Television.