Story Details for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides!
Today is the official start of production on Disney's high seas adventure sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Though we've kept you updated on the growing cast, we haven't had much info on the story in this fourth franchise installment other than Disney secretly snagging the rights to the book written Tim Powers that shares its title with the sequel. However, it seems Powers' book may only be providing legal ground for Disney to use the Fountain of Youth as a plot device in this adventure, as the official story details unveiled today don't seem to follow the story or structure from the novel. You can see for yourself below!
Franchise writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio are once again behind this newest Pirates installment with director Rob Marshall (Nine, Chicago) steering the ship. Here's the story they're giving us in this sequel:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise -- this time in Disney Digital 3D. In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he's not sure if it's love -- or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past. Geoffry Rush reprises his role as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally returns as Captain Jack's longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs. Sam Claflin stars as a stalwart missionary, while Astrid Berges-Frisbey is transformed into a mysterious mermaid.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides stars Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow again as well as Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mermaid. As the franchise neared the end of what seemed like a planned trilogy back in 2007, I already felt like it had run its course, but maybe some new characters courtesy of an impressive cast will help infuse some new life into this adventure series. On Stranger Tides is set for release on May 20th, 2011 next summer and will be in Disney Digital 3D. We'll just have to wait a year to see how this new swashbuckling story plays out, so stick around for more updates!