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

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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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  • Gohikeone
    Bardem might make an interesting pirate villain, but me thinks this will make money for the Mouse no matter what...Savvy?
    • Sean
      Agreed.
  • dawko
    The question is....will this suck more than the last one?
    • Sean
      No, Because it won't be Rob Marshall that is directing it, who that directed Pirates 4.
  • Mr Chatterbox
    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.
    • Sean
      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.
  • George Caltsoudas
    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.
  • DAVIDPD
    Bardem as the villain should be ok. I really want to like this, but yeah...you know.
    • Sean
      What do you mean by 'but yeah... you know' ?
  • Dubmaster2010
    No Christoph Waltz???? O_o I heard he will play the villain. Oh...no i am less excited.
    • Jeremysheer
      He's in 007 it's like they switched roles
      • Dubmaster2010
        Thats true 😀 Crazy!!!
    • Sean
      I am more excited about Pirates 5 then I was before, because Javier Bardem is a better actor then Christoph Waltz is honestly.
  • OfficialJab
    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?
    • Tuomas Lassila
      I'm all for Poseidon, greek gods and tridents are awesome.
      • Sean
        Agreed.
        • OfficialJab
          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.
          • Sean
            Why? What's wrong with the climax for Pirates 3?
          • OfficialJab
            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.
          • Sean
            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.
          • OfficialJab
            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.
          • Sean
            Fair enough :) .
    • Sean
      Yes, It's way to late to drop that. They are already filming, lol 😛 .
  • I'll admit, i'm a sucker for these movies. Bring it on.
    • Sean
      Same here.
  • Tuomas Lassila
    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).
    • Sean
      I agree.
  • NicelyBuilt
    Alt header: 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Begins Production, Public Confirms Disinterest
    • Sean
      That's not true at all that the public confirms disinterest. You might confirm disinterest, but not every other person does like you.

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