When Disney announced the full D23 Expo schedule last month, it revealed that the Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios panel on Saturday would include Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As it turns out, the studio had a few surprises up its sleeve, with Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp appearing on stage in his full Jack Sparrow costume. It was also confirmed that the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will bring back Orlando Bloom as Will Turner.
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 (Javier 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. Production on this action-adventure started in Australia back in February, with principal photography wrapping just last month.
The film is directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning and stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kevin McNally, Kaya Scodelario, Golshifteh Farahani, Stephen Graham, David Wenham, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush. Jerry Bruckheimer is the producer and Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Joe Caracciolo, Jr. and Brigham Taylor serve as executive producers. Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales set to hit U.S. theaters on July 7, 2017.
Orlando Bloom's return as Will Turner was first rumored back in September 2014, but today's presentation was the first confirmation we have that he will be back in this sequel. He starred as Will Turner in the first three adventures, 2003's Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl, 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. He did not come back for the 2011 sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It was revealed at the panel that Kaya Scodelario's character is named Carina Smyth, and Brenton Thwaites' character is named Henry.
Unfortunately, no footage from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was shown but Disney did unveil the sequel's official logo, which you can check out below. With principal photography already wrapped, and nearly two years left until Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters, it isn't known when we may get the first trailer. While we wait for that announcement, check out the official logo, and stay tuned for more news on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, set to hit theaters July 7, 2017.