Javier Bardem May Set Sail as 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Bad Guy
After once being in talks to take the role of Blackbeard in Joe Wright's Pan (the role eventually went to Hugh Jackman), it sounds like Javier Bardem might end up setting sail after all. The Wrap reports the Spanish actor is in early talks to take the villain role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The role would make Bardem a ghost pirate named Captain Brand, who is hellbent on getting revenge on Captain Jack Sparrow, because he believes the perpetually drunk and flamboyant hero to be responsible for killing his brother. The role was offered to Christoph Waltz previously, but didn't stick.
THR adds some more info about Bardem's character as the trade says Captain Brand is also looking for a supernatural object to aid him in his quest. While Bardem made for quite a villain in Skyfall and No Country for Old Men, we're not sure this is the best use of his time. But if anyone can make a villain in the Pirates of the Caribbean world feel fresh, it's Bardem (though Ian McShane was wasted in On Stranger Tides). Geoffrey Rush is also supposed to return in the franchise with Johnny Depp back as Jack Sparrow, and there have been rumblings of Orlando Bloom coming back too, not to mention Keith Richards.
This sequel has been a long time coming, but earlier this summer, Disney finally set a new release date for July 7th, 2017. At this point, the franchise just seems dead, and it really needs to come to an end, unless it somehow finds new life like the long-running Fast & Furious franchise has in recent years. Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg will be at the helm this time, and the film is expected to shoot in Australia beginning in February. Here's hoping that Disney can make the franchise feel fresh again.