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Paul McCartney joins Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

March 24th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (long title alert) has finished filming and will release next year, with Disney hoping for it be one of the box office triumphs of the year. However, the directors, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, have gone back to add in one major scene that is built around…wait for it…Paul McCartney (as per Deadline via Squareyed).

The fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, Javier Bardem as the villainous Captain Salazar and Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario play new characters, while Orlando Bloom returns as Will Turner after accepting that he doesn’t have much of a career outside pirates and Legolas.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time the incredibly lucrative franchise has captured a legendary British musician, as Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards played Captain Teague, Jack Sparrow’s father, in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Interestingly, Depp has previously stated that he based Sparrow’s distinctive mannerisms and behaviour on Richards.

McCartney is no stranger to major movie credits. He and his fellow Beatles played themselves in 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night and Help! the following year.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.