Calling all pirates on deck!
Jack Sparrow fans, you’re in luck. Walt Disney Pictures dropped the first Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales teaser trailer during the Season finale of Walking Dead on AMC. The trailer also premiered on YouTube.
Directed by Norwegian filmmakers Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will feature the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbosa. Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver) plays a new character named Henry, and Paul McCartney has a role as well.
There’s the surprising entry of Academy Award winner Javier Bardem as the villainous Captain Salazar. Bardem is skilled at playing the psychopathic antagonist; case in point: he won the Oscar for playing the psychopathic assassin Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men and his role as the Bond villain Raoul Silva in Sam Mendes’s Skyfall has been lauded by critics.
This will be the fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean anthology and Bardem is hopefully going to be the key ingredient that will revive the ailing franchise. The last film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides did bring in box office collections (it made 1 billion dollars globally but was not appreciated by fans and critics).
Infact, critic Roger Ebert said "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is about what you'd expect. It is long, expensive and bombastic, and the beautiful mermaid has a tantalizing way of not coming quite far enough out of the water. For me, it's too much of a muchness. The whole series was inspired by a ride at Disneyland. There's a bright side to that. At least no movie has yet been inspired by "It's a Small World."'
Dead Men Tell No Tales is based on a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson (the brain behind Catch Me If You Can). The trailer opens with Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar, and looking half dead and drooling black goo. Salazar and his crew, who are ghosts, manage to escape the Devil’s Triangle where they have been trapped for years.
With their new found freedom, they make a plan to kill every last pirate on the planet and Salazar has a special part of his heart reserved for Captain Jack Sparrow, and wishes him serious ill-will. With this being the fifth film in the franchise, the concept does seem a bit worn out.
But with the freshness Bardem instilled in the otherwise lifeless Skyfall, lets hope Captain Salazar's ghost can breathe a new life into the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.