'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Pits Jack Sparrow Against Ghost-Pirates

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 17:39 Written by  iamrogue
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'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Pits Jack Sparrow Against Ghost-Pirates

Captain Jack Sparrow is once again riding the high seas. The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean is now filming in Australia, far, far away from the actual Caribbean. 

In announcing the formal kickoff to production, Disney also revealed the bones of the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales story.

This time, Sparrow is "down on his luck" and gets even downer on his luck when a crew of ghost pirates – yes, ghost pirates – led by spectral Captain Salazar set out to kill every single pirate on the water.  To stop them, the libidinous, alcoholic hero must track down Poseidon's Trident, "a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas."

Johnny Depp returns as the sexually omnivorous Sparrow, with Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, and Stephen Graham reprising their respective roles as Barbossa, Gibbs, and Scrum.  Oscar-winner Javier Bardem, who brought something special to the bad guy in Skyfall, plays the villainous Salazar.  Since it's a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, it also needs a pair of younger leads playing boring people in love: this time, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites are acting as straight men to Depp's boozy Jack Sparrow.  Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani also appears in an as-yet unspecified role.

Norwegian directorial duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are helming this latest adventure on the high seas.  Together, they proved their seafaring abilities with Kon-Tiki, an Oscar-nominated chronicle of explorer Thor Heyerdal's 1972 crossing of the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft.

Disney started developing a fifth installment even before Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hit theaters in 2011.  Depp and franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer reteamed for The Lone Ranger in the meantime.  After years of development, Dead Men Tell No Tales is finally going before cameras, but are audiences still eager to ride shotgun on the Black Pearl more than a decade after the first movie?

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens in theaters on July 7, 2017.

Check out the full announcement, with the new story synopsis emboldened for your convenience:

QUEENSLAND, Australia (February 17, 2015) - Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning ("Kon-Tiki"), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar® winner Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men," "Skyfall"), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario ("The Maze Runner," British television's "Skins") and Brenton Thwaites ("Maleficent," "The Giver") and Golshifteh Farahani ("The Patience Stone," "Exodus: Gods and Kings"). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum.

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

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Jeff Nathanson ("Catch Me If You Can," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"). The executive producers are Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr. and Brigham Taylor.

Joining Bruckheimer, Sandberg & Rønning for the swashbuckling new voyage is a first-tier group of award-winning behind-the-scenes artists-many of them new to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" family-including director of photography Paul Cameron ("Gone in Sixty Seconds," "Déjà Vu," "Collateral"), production designer Nigel Phelps ("Pearl Harbor," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "World War Z"), costume designer Penny Rose (all four "Pirates of the Caribbean" films), visual effects supervisor Gary Brozenich ("The Lone Ranger," "Edge of Tomorrow"), Oscar®-winning special effects production consultant John Frazier (nine Jerry Bruckheimer films and dozens of others) and special effects supervisor Dan Oliver ("Mad Max: Fury Road," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), supervising stunt coordinator R.A. Rondell ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1") and stunt coordinators Thomas Robinson Harper ("Guardians of the Galaxy," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and Kyle Gardiner ("San Andreas," "Kingsman: The Secret Service"), Academy Award®-winning makeup and hair designer Peter Swords King ("The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies, "Into the Woods") and film editors Joel Cox ( "Unforgiven," "Million Dollar Baby," "American Sniper") and Gary D. Roach ("American Sniper").

The exciting filmmaking team of Sandberg & Rønning directed "Kon-Tiki," the critically acclaimed story of famed explorer Thor Heyerdahl, which was nominated for both an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award® for Best Foreign Language Film from their native Norway. Following their work as award-winning commercial and music video directors, Rønning and Sandberg directed the World War II action drama "Max Manus: Man of War" before taking on "Kon-Tiki." Most recently Rønning and Sandberg served as executive producers and directed the first two episodes of Netflix's big-scale mini-series "Marco Polo," which they filmed on exotic locations in Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Venice. A second season was recently announced for "Marco Polo," with Rønning and Sandberg continuing on as executive producers.

First in partnership with Don Simpson, and then as the chief of Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Bruckheimer has produced an unprecedented string of worldwide smashes, impacting not only the motion picture and television industries, but mass culture as well. His film and television productions have been honored with numerous awards and nominations, including six Academy Awards®. In addition to his prolific television credits, Bruckheimer's films include "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop," "American Gigolo," "Flashdance," "Bad Boys," "The Rock," "Armageddon," "Remember the Titans," "Pearl Harbor," "Black Hawk Down," "National Treasure," "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," "The Lone Ranger" and "Deliver Us From Evil." He is the producer of all four previous "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.

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