Well, no-one really wanted it but we’re getting it anyway as the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie officially has started production. Dubbed ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’, this is the fifth in the franchise that died after the first installment.
It started filming yesterday entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia and here’s the official press release, including a plot synopsis which sees Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack fighting a crew of ghost pirates led by Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar:
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role as Captain Jack Sparrow, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner, “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, Collateral), production designer Nigel Phelps (Pearl Harbor, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), 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, American Sniper) and Gary D. Roach (American Sniper).
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is set to sail on July 7th, 2017