'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Begins Production, Confirms Main Cast
by Ethan Anderton
February 17, 2015
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?