'Maze Runner's Kaya Scodelario Sails to 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'
After being the only female misfit in the young adult sci-fi adaptation The Maze Runner, British actress Kaya Scodelario may be heading to an established film franchise next. Deadline has word that the "Skins" cast member is in early talks to take the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in Disney's swashbuckling adventure franchise starring Johnny Depp. However, we're not sure what kind of character Scodelario will be playing, but there's probably a good chance she'll end up finding romance with another new cast member, Brenton Thwaites, who joined the cast last fall.
Before the end of the year, Orlando Bloom confirmed that he's had talks with the studio and directing duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg about returning to the franchise he helped launch, but somehow this new film would still end up being a reboot of sorts. Bloom said, "Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son…" That's the role that we believe that Thwaites will take, but we can't be sure.
What we do know so far is that Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow and this time he has to deal with Javier Bardem as a villain named Captain Brand. The new bad guy is another ghost pirate hellbent on getting revenge against Sparrow, blaming the swashbuckler for the death of his brother. Geoffrey Rush is also supposed to be back as Captain Barbossa, offering one of the more enjoyable parts of the series as these adventures have already run their course. Is there any hope that Rønning & Sandberg can reinvigorate this franchise? It happened in the fifth film for the Fast & Furious franchise, so it's not impossible.