Orlando Bloom May Head Back to Sea for 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'
We already know Johnny Depp is signed on to return as Captain Jack Sparrow for Disney's fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which was previously revealed to be called Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Keith Richards will also return as his father Captain Teague. But it sounds like one more familiar face might be around, one that was missing from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Yahoo UK recently spoke to Orlando Bloom about the possibility of returning as Will Turner in the high seas adventure series, and he said, "There have certainly been some discussions about it and I'm open to it."
Speaking about the franchise, Bloom fondly remembered:
"That whole experience working with Johnny and Gore [Verbinski] was really amazing for me. I had a great time working with Johnny, one of the reasons I jumped at the opportunity was because Johnny was involved. I was such a massive fan of Johnny Depp growing up so to get up close and personal to Johnny and see how he worked as an actor was just a massive gift."
Bloom most recently returned to Middle-Earth by reprising his role as Legolas in The Hobbit trilogy for Peter Jackson, so it's not surprising to hear that he'd be up for returning to the other big franchise he was part of years ago. After all, the actor hasn't really found much success outside of the two franchises he's most well-known for, so it's as good a time for him to return to the well as any. However, Bloom does have a new thriller coming up called Unlocked, directed by Michael Apted, co-starring with Michael Douglas.
Production on Pirates of the Caribbean 5, directed by Kon-Tiki duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, was delayed last fall when the script from Jeff Nathanson was taking longer to complete than the studio initially thought. Now the film is getting closer to production with Australia recently giving Disney a new tax incentive package to the studio to shoot the film Down Under. As of now, it's not clear when production will start, and there's plenty of time to get the cast squared away since the film won't hit theaters until July 7th, 2017. Stay tuned to see if Bloom ends up returning to the pirate life and for all updates on Disney's sequel.