Penelope Cruz Joining the Cast of Pirates of the Caribbean 4
by Alex Billington
February 10, 2010
Wait what? This isn't a joke. Heat Vision is reporting that the beautiful Penelope Cruz is "in negotiations" to join the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment in the series being directed by Rob Marshall. We don't know much about who Cruz will be playing, but she's apparently "[Jack] Sparrow's foil and equal in many ways." So she's kind of a villain? And a pirate as well? Oh joy! So is everyone ready to see Penelope Cruz get covered in grime and dirt and become a nasty pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean? She's probably the last person I would've ever cast! Shooting starts this summer in Hawaii.
I've got nothing against Cruz or Pirates of the Caribbean, in fact, I love the Pirates movies and I'm excited about this fourth one. Not only is it another sequel taking them to crazy places (the Fountain of Youth!), but they've got a new director, too. So its almost like a reboot in a way, but with the same cast and same writers (Terry Rossio & Ted Elliot). For those of you really trying to figure out how someone like Penelope Cruz got cast in this, don't forget that she just worked with director Rob Marshall in Nine. I'm already unnerved by a few of Marshall's decisions; this is why I thought it was a bad idea he direct this movie. Your thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 20 Comments
How is Cruz any worse than Knightley for these cheesy family movies? They're meant to be corny and childish, so what's the problem, exactly? This post lost me.
whatever on Feb 10, 2010
This is a casting move i DID NOT see coming, but I can totally see it working out! Unlike Alex, I think Marshall is a blessing in disguise for the 4th film. He obviously isn't an action director like Gore Verbinski was, but how can one even try to get bigger/more explosive than the 3rd Pirates? A smaller, more character focused Pirates is something that I can see being a great foundation to build another (more action oriented) sequel off of. While Marshall wouldn't be suitable to do a massive maelstrom battle in the latter sequels, for the Fourth movie-- I think he is just what the doctor ordered.
Will on Feb 10, 2010
Cruz in Pirated 4? Sweet! "What the state fish of Hawaii?" "The Humuhumunukunukuapua'a. Yeah, bitch!" Sorry I couldn't resist.
Xerxex on Feb 10, 2010
I don't see the problem. It's neither good or bad news, really. Other than this, everything I've heard about this film makes it sound like it'll be fun. And without knowing the script how can we possibly evaluate a casting choice? Looking forward to seeing this one.
Mark on Feb 10, 2010
Let's see how this might work... 1. Obscenely hot woman dressed in pirate gear? Check. 2. Actress who can actually act? Check. 3. Someone other than Keira Knightley for Johnny Depp to play romantic foil against? Check. I don't see how this could be anything but good.
DarkRaven18599 on Feb 10, 2010
It's cool that Cruz has been cast. I fear this may become "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Musical", though. I'm a bit weary of Marshall at the helm but I'm sure the flick will be similar in tone and scope as the previous 3 and NOT a musical. *Fingers crossed*
Spider on Feb 10, 2010
Whatever film Miss Cruz is in I will see.
d1rEct on Feb 10, 2010
Okay...Well, I guess I'm the first to actually consider this bad news. I think Penelope Cruz is a really terrible actress. And, I'm sorry, but her voice is just so annoying (I'm not giving that as a reason to dislike her acting; just saying that I don't understand what the hype is all about). I loved the first two movies, but I thought the third was cheesy and horrid. And now, with a new director, I can't expect anything better. Penelope is just an addition to what I already feel pessimistic about.
Someone on Feb 10, 2010
something to look out for in the 4th movie
HellBoy on Feb 11, 2010
She's meant to be playing Angelica. Jack's Ex and Blackbeard's pirate daughter. But it's still not confirmed.
underscore on Feb 11, 2010
Great news! really, that flat Kira from previous pirets was terrible in any sorts of ways, penelope is great and will fit exelent to new pirets
GOD on Feb 11, 2010
I don't know... as long as Cruz doesn't look (and act) like that sort of cowgirl in Bandidas I'm OK with the cast. Hey Sean, where is your comment? Com on man, I want to hear (actually, read) your opinion!
me on Feb 11, 2010
What a fine and wonderful choice. Raven said it best! Alex, get a f-ing clue.
Slipstream on Feb 11, 2010
this is a disaster.
F (For All The F's) on Feb 11, 2010
Mr. Billington- You could not be more wrong.
Tacoscat on Feb 11, 2010
Don't necessarily know that we need another Pirates movie, however, who would've you cast? I think it's an inspired choice....
Matches Malone on Feb 11, 2010
If keeping to the book, Id enjoy her as the Beth Hurwood character, though with Cruz as that role, Beths timid nature would likely be scrapped.
Voice of Reason on Feb 11, 2010
I'm glad to see that their actually starting to cast actors and actresses in Pirates 4, because of the fact that it's time to get this movie going already!. When it comes to having to do with this story where they might cast Penelope Cruz in Pirates 4, that sounds to me like shes either going to play as a pirate, or she might cast as a pirate wench who jack sparrow is still friendly with and is never being slapped by her, becuse he has not done anything to her to th point where she hates him enough to slap him, every time they see each other yet!. So with that said, i'd say she'll probably be someone in the movie who that jack sparrow becomes more then friends with, maybe like his possible future wife, like elizabeth swann already is, to william turner!. That is my best guess about her being cast in Pirates 4.
Sean on Feb 13, 2010
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I believe for me personally this is going to ruin the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise getting Penelope Cruz instead Keira Knightley. What a horrible choice. I'll wait till that one hits Blockbuster.
Jarjarbinx75023 on Apr 26, 2011
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