Hugh Laurie is in talks to star as notorious pirate Blackbeard in action-adventure series Crossbones, according to reports.

The House star recently ended his role as the genius but cranky US doctor Dr Gregory House in the hit TV show.

NBC drama Crossbones will be set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, Deadline reported.

English pirate Blackbeard "reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors", NBC said of the drama.

Luther creator Neil Cross wrote the script for the 10-episode TV drama.