While Orlando Bloom, who starred as Will Turner, helped turn Pirates of the Caribbean into one of cinema's biggest franchises, starting with Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl in 2003 and continuing on in 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, the actor was suspiciously absent from Disney's 2011 adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. That may not be the case with Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (tentatively titled Dead Men Tell No Tales), as the actor reveals he's had discussions about returning, and is open to the idea.
Orlando Bloom attended the Oz Comic Con over the weekend, and this is what he had to say about his possible return as Will Turner:
"There have certainly been some discussions about it and I'm open to it."
The wording of his comments leave it unclear whether or not he has entered formal negotiations with Disney, if he has taken a meeting, or if its just discussions he's read on the internet. He does claim to have had a great time with the franchise, and praises Johnny Depp for such a great working environment on the mega-franchise.
"That whole experience working with Johnny Depp and (director) Gore Verbinski was really amazing for me. I had a great time working with Johnny, one of the reasons I jumped at the opportunity (to be in the first Pirates of The Caribbean) was because Johnny was involved. I was such a massive fan of Johnny Depp growing up so to get up close and personal to Johnny and see how he worked as an actor was just a massive gift."
If he does return for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, it will be the second big franchise that Orlando Bloom has come back to. He reprised his Legolas role from Lord of the Rings in last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and will once again play the archer elf in this December's The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies.
Aside from Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Keith Richards is rumored to be returning as Sparrow's dad Captain Teague and Geoffrey Rush may return as Captain Barbossa. One person from the original trilogy that won't be making an appearance is Keira Knightley, who told the press this past June that she 'Won't be going back'.
What do you think? Should Orlando Bloom return as Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean 5? Or should his character stay retired?