The fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has officially commenced production. Disney has revealed the official plot synopsis for the film and confirmed that the title, something we've known for quite some time now, is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney would have loved to have this ship sail sooner, or rather, before the sour taste of the previous film could have a chance to linger in the audience's memories.
Star Johnny Depp reprises his Oscar-nominated roll as Captain Jack Sparrow, something that seemed unlikely after the disappointing fourth entry. But after a string of flops like Transcendence, The Lone Ranger and Mortdecai, Depp is playing it safe the next two years with this and the Alice in Wonderland sequel.
Promising news, however, comes in the form of directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Oscar nominated for the excellent Kon-Tiki), who were announced as directors back in 2013. This is also the first film in the series to not have Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio write the script, the duties being taken over by Jeff Nathanson (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Catch Me if You Can).
Joining Depp in his quest for the elusive Trident of Poseidon are returning players Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Stephen Graham, Kevin R McNally and newcomers Brenton Thwaites (playing Bloom's son), Kaya Scodelario, Golshifteh Farahani and Oscar winner Javier Bardem as the villain Captain Salazar.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is all set to sail on July 7, 2017.
The official plot synopsis can be read here:
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.