'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Begins Production, Confirms Main Cast

February 17, 2015

Pirates of the Caribbean

Because Disney just can't let a cash cow dry out, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, has officially begun production in Australia. Kon-Tiki directing duo Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning are at the helm of the fifth entry in the high seas adventure franchise that all spawned from a classic theme park ride and rode that wave to over $3.7 billion in box office receipts. And now that production has officially begun, the primary cast members have been confirmed as well. As we already knew, Johnny Depp is back as Jack Sparrow, and Geoffrey Rush will also return as Captain Barbossa.

New cast members include previously reported additions such as Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) and Brenton Thwaites (The Giver), as well as Javier Bardem as the villain. Speaking of which, details on his character and the plot have been confirmed as well. Here's the official synopsis:

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him.  Captain Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

That sounds a little different from the plot we had previously heard which involved Bardem playing a captain who blamed Sparrow for the death of his brother. But maybe that's still a plot point, but just wasn't included in the synopsis. There's also no mention of Orlando Bloom returning as Will Turner, but maybe they're saving that as a surprise. Otherwise, another new cast member named in the press release is Golshifteh Farahani from Exodus: Gods & Kings and returning cast members Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum. Can Disney revive this tiresome franchise? We'll find out when the sequel arrives on July 7th, 2017, so there's plenty of time to wait and see. Anyone excited?

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Reader Feedback - 29 Comments


Bardem might make an interesting pirate villain, but me thinks this will make money for the Mouse no matter what...Savvy?

Gohikeone on Feb 17, 2015



Sean on Feb 17, 2015


The question is....will this suck more than the last one?

dawko on Feb 17, 2015


No, Because it won't be Rob Marshall that is directing it, who that directed Pirates 4.

Sean on Feb 17, 2015


I just hope that we get a pirate film with some actual plank walking and some sharks! These guys have experience with this so lets hope they can deliver.

Mr Chatterbox on Feb 18, 2015


This time with this sequel in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, I don't see why we wouldn't see plank walking, guns being fired, cannons being shot, etc.

Sean on Feb 19, 2015


I want to see them have a lot of scenes take place inside that prison-dungeon place that he escaped from in the coffin at the start of the second film. That place was cool.

George Caltsoudas on Feb 18, 2015


Bardem as the villain should be ok. I really want to like this, but know.

DAVIDPD on Feb 18, 2015


What do you mean by 'but yeah... you know' ?

Sean on Feb 18, 2015


No Christoph Waltz???? O_o I heard he will play the villain. i am less excited.

Dubmaster2010 on Feb 18, 2015


He's in 007 it's like they switched roles

Jeremysheer on Feb 18, 2015


Thats true 😀 Crazy!!!

Dubmaster2010 on Feb 24, 2015


I am more excited about Pirates 5 then I was before, because Javier Bardem is a better actor then Christoph Waltz is honestly.

Sean on Feb 19, 2015


I like them all so far. 2 was the best I think. Not sure about the Poseidon thing. Is it too late to drop that?

OfficialJab on Feb 18, 2015


I'm all for Poseidon, greek gods and tridents are awesome.

Tuomas Lassila on Feb 18, 2015



Sean on Feb 18, 2015


I think so too, but I just wonder how it will effect the world I guess. I didn't like the climax of World's End, for example, with the whirlpool etc.

OfficialJab on Feb 18, 2015


Why? What's wrong with the climax for Pirates 3?

Sean on Feb 18, 2015


I personally didn't like it because the huge CG setpieces draw me out a little bit. The Kraken from 2 was pretty great though. I just don't need the final battle of a movie to take place in a hurricane or on a lava planet or anything.

OfficialJab on Feb 18, 2015


I thought Pirates 3's climax(maelstrom) was absolutely amazing honestly. And besides, It's not about the CG being in the movie, it's about the story/plot that makes all of that so interesting and great to watch.

Sean on Feb 18, 2015


I enjoyed the story quite a bit, especially in the third one because there were several competing agendas between the characters. I can like that and dislike something else about it though.

OfficialJab on Feb 18, 2015


Fair enough 🙂 .

Sean on Feb 18, 2015


Yes, It's way to late to drop that. They are already filming, lol 😛 .

Sean on Feb 18, 2015


I'll admit, i'm a sucker for these movies. Bring it on.

Danimal on Feb 18, 2015


Same here.

Sean on Feb 18, 2015


Pirates Of The Carribean isn't as tiresome as many other franchises out there. I personally find Batman films more tiresome for example (this is going to cause a lot of hate).

Tuomas Lassila on Feb 18, 2015


I agree.

Sean on Feb 19, 2015


Alt header: 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Begins Production, Public Confirms Disinterest

NicelyBuilt on Feb 18, 2015


That's not true at all that the public confirms disinterest. You might confirm disinterest, but not every other person does like you.

Sean on Feb 18, 2015

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