Depp Confirms Knightley & Bloom Won't Return for Pirates 4
Actor Johnny Depp recently appeared at a press event this weekend for Alice in Wonderland and talked briefly about Pirates of the Caribbean 4 (via Collider), officially known as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which will start shooting this summer in Hawaii. Depp confirmed that Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, who played Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner, won't be returning for this sequel. Depp also said, "we're coming at it from a different angle at this point, Rob Marshall and [a] totally new take, it's a new story." Some photos of the Black Pearl arriving in Oahu recently showed up on Hawaii News Now, too.
So we know that Johnny Depp is back, Geoffrey Rush may return as Barbossa, and Penélope Cruz is in, too, but not many others from the original will be back (that we know of at least). So does that mean more Jack Sparrow in On Stranger Tides? "I don't know. I don't think we'd ever throw too much Jack Sparrow in there. There will be a little bit of everybody," Depp said at a press conference. With a new cast and a new director, I think this movie can be pretty much called a reboot, or at least a virtual restart, even though its got some of the same cast returning. Info on this sequel is sparse right now, but it looks to finally be coming together.
As for another Johnny Depp project we've been waiting for an update on, Depp was asked if he thinks Tim Burton's Dark Shadows will still start shooting this year even though Pirates 4 is shooting, too. "No, I see it going this year. I hope it does. I do, yeah." Again, he doesn't say much, but it sounds like he's trying to fit in both projects this year. We'll keep you updated, so stay tuned! Anyone worried about Pirates 4 yet?