Geoffrey Rush Returning for 'On Stranger Tides' Next Year
We know that Disney is trying to move forward on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides by next year so that it'll be ready to hit theaters in 2011 (I think they're desperate for another big tentpole). As of this moment, we don't know whether or not Johnny Depp will be back (given his complaints about Dick Cook's departure). But one actor that will be returning is Geoffrey Rush, who played Captain Barbossa in the past three films. Rush told MTV that he needs to "keep his schedule open for a possible start to filming next spring." That seems accurate, but who knows if they'll get Rob Marshall on-board to direct that quickly.
Rush explained: "They're waiting for the screenplay writers to put together something that's beyond the trilogy, take it off into a new direction so that it's fresh and hopefully really interesting for an audience, that they're not going to just sausage-machine out something else, which wouldn't be so good." Although, Rush doesn't seem to be fully in the know. "No, no one tells me anything!" he admitted. "Jerry Bruckheimer—get your act together! Call me!" And while you're at it, give me a call, too, Bruckheimer! In all seriousness, Barbossa's return at the end of Dead Man's Chest was one of the most exciting parts - I'm glad he'll be back.