Orlando Bloom Says 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' is Kind of a Reboot
After being rumored to head back to the seas in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, former franchise star Orlando Bloom spoke with IGN about the possibility of returning to the Disney adventure series. Bloom confirmed that he's been talking with the studio about coming back, but it's not a done deal. He said, "I’m not entirely sure that [I'll be back] just yet, but there are talks." And it sounds like his discussions have keyed him into some details that we hadn't heard before. Bloom adds, "Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son…"
So it sounds like this would be a reboot akin to Transformers: Age of Extinction where we get a new cast, but a couple key parts, like Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, will still be involved. I'm not sure if I would call the July 7th, 2017 release a reboot as opposed to just another sequel, especially with the return of Bloom, but perhaps that's just how he sees the project. We actually predicted that Brenton Thwaites, who looks a lot like a younger Orlando Bloom, could be playing a lost brother, but with this information, it's more likely that he's playing Bloom's son in this film.
Anyway, other cast members reportedly involved include Geoffrey Rush back as Captain Barbossa and Javier Bardem as a new villain named Captain Brand, a ghost hellbent on getting revenge against Sparrow, blaming the swashbuckler for the death of his brother. So how would Bloom tie into all that? Well, we're not sure if he's just thinking up ideas or giving away plot details, but Bloom says, "I’m of course Davey Jones now, so I’m down the bottom of the ocean. It might be kind of fun to do something where I’m rumbling round the bottom of the ocean, because I won’t look anything like me. Get all gnarly.” That could be a fun way to bring Bloom back into the mix, but hopefully we'll get more clarification soon.