It’s been a while since Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean series was relevant in the pop culture discussion. The last entry in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, came out in 2011, about four years ago. The question was not whether they were going to make a new one, but when. On Stranger Tides grossed about 1.05 billion, so it would be crazy for Disney to abandon the franchise.
It was no surprise when Disney finally announced earlier this month that work had begun on the next movie in the series, titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Filming has begun in Australia, and is being directed by the duo Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning.
Details have been sparse, but some announcements have been made in the past couple of weeks. Johnny Depp will be returning for his award winning role as Captian Jack Sparrow. The adventure will feature a down-on-his-luck Sparrow in danger of the evil Captain Salazar, played by newcomer Javiar Bardem, and his band of ghost pirates who have escaped from the Devil’s Triangle and are on a mission to kill all of the pirates of the sea. In order to save himself, and others like him, Sparrow must seek out the legendary and powerful Trident of Poseidon, which grants the beholder control of the high seas. The inclusion of mythology begs the question of whether other forms of mythology will appear in the movie.
Other newcomers have been announced, but there roles have been largely unclear. Brenton Thwaites has been announced to play Harry, and Kaya Scodelario and Golshifeteh Farahani have been announced as well. In addition, Geoffrey Rush will be returning to play Barbossa, Kevin R. McNally will be playing Joshamee Gibbs, and Stephan Graham will be returning to play Scrum. It has also been rumored that fan favorite Orlando Bloom will be returning to his role of Will Turner. If these rumor are true, the question of whether Kiera Knightley will play a role in the story for her role as Elizabeth will also arise.
Further details on casting and story will be coming in the coming days and months, but the announcement that Captain Jack Sparrow will be rupturing to the dangerous high seas should be enough for some. The Pirates of the Caribbean series has been one of Disney’s pride and joys, but it is unclear whether or not this will be the last addition to the series. If it does, you would have to think that this entry might be the last for Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow.