It was a big day at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Califorinia this past Saturday. Not only did fans get to see all the latest from Marvel and Star Wars, there was an unexpected, but very welcome, treat plopped right into the middle of Disney's big live-action movie panel presentation. Yes, it was a surprise visit from Johnny Depp, who showed up on stage completely decked out as Captain Jack Sparrow. He brought down the house and thrilled fans as Sean Bailey presented the next exciting film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
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.
Disney also revealed the logo for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales along with some very exciting casting news. It was confirmed that the upcoming Pirates 5 will indeed bring back Orlando Bloom as Will Turner. 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. 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 teaser. While we wait for that announcement, the official logo is just going to have to do.
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 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. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales releases in U.S. theaters on July 7, 2017. Check it out as Johnny Depp makes his surprise appearance as Capt. Jack Sparrow at D23!