Six years after the release of the last instalment, the lucrative Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will return in 2017 with Johnny Depp back in his Captain Jack outfit, and Disney have now begun their marketing campaign for it with a brand new poster and teaser that give us an idea of what we can expect from Captain Jack Sparrow’s fifth cinematic outing.
The latest film is titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in America, taking its subtitle from the infamous line said in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride that the films are based on. However, for reasons currently unknown, the film will actually be titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge here in the UK. It’s certainly less of a mouthful to say, but seems more generic and less stylish than the original title. Nevertheless, it’s the quality of the product and not the name, and Salazar’s Revenge has plenty going for it. The directors of the Academy Award nominated Kon-Tiki, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, will be helming the new instalment. Salazar’s Revenge will be written by Jeff Nathanson, who’s filmography ranges from acclaimed films such as Catch Me If You Can to disappointing blockbusters like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. One of the most important additions, however, is Javier Bardem joining the cast as Jack Sparrow’s latest foe: the ghostly Captain Salazar. As the title suggest, Salazar is on a quest for revenge against Sparrow. It may sound a little too familiar to Bill Nighy’s Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, but Bardem will undoubtedly bring something special to the role as he has done with his antagonists in No Country for Old Men and Skyfall, and the new trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge teases what we can expect from him.
Alongside Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem, Salazar’s Revenge will also star Brenton Thwaites (Gods of Egypt), Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) and will feature Geoffrey Rush returning in his role as Captain Barbossa from the first four films. Orlando Bloom is also set to return as Will Turner, a role he played in the original three films, who know operates as the captain of the Flying Dutchman. Rumours indicate that Thwaites’ character Henry, who can be seen in the trailer opposite Bardem as Salazar, will be portraying Will Turner’s son. The official character description describes Henry as someone trying to reconnect with his father, and needing to break a curse that prevents him from doing so, which is line with the idea of him being Turner’s son. With the last few Pirates of the Caribbean films failing to live up to the expectations of the first, especially the fourth instalment, On Stranger Tides, fans can only hope that Salazar’s Revenge can break the franchise’s own curse and live up to the acclaim of the original film.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is released in UK cinemas on 26th May.