Not all reshoots are bad. Especially when they allow you to bring one of The Beatles into your big blockbuster. Even though Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has wrapped, directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg have gone back to shoot a massive action set piece. And guess what? This additional scene will include the one and only Paul McCartney!
The new scene is reportedly built around Paul McCartney's new character, which will be introduced for the first time in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Deadline reports that the iconic musician, sometimes actor, only quietly joined the movie. He slides into a cast that includes Johnny Depp returning as the legendary pirate Captain Jack Sparrow alongside Geoffrey Rush, Martin Klebba, Orlando Bloom, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites. Javier Bardem is playing the villain, Captain Salazar, this time out.
At this time, Paul McCartney's secret character has not yet been revealed. Disney doesn't want people to consider this a reshoot. Instead, it is said to be an additional scene that the production team decided they had time to shoot, since the movie doesn't hit theaters for another year, arriving next summer, May 26, 2017. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is being likened to the original film, Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl, which was released in 2003. It is said to be in the same spirit and regains some of that lost magic.
Paul McCartney isn't the only pop icon to join this lucrative franchise. Another legendary 60s musical icon has the distinction of playing Captain Teague, with Keith Richards making his grand entrance in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as Captain Jack's father. The character of Jack Sparrow was said to have been modeled after The Rolling Stones member. It is not yet known if Paul McCartney is also some long lost member of Captain Jack's family, or if he is related to one of the other supporting characters.
While Paul McCartney has acted in movies before, most of his on screen credits are for song contributions. The Beatles share a Best Original Score Oscar for Let It Be. He played himself in the classic movies A Hard Day's Night and Help! And he lends his voice to Yellow Submarine. He more recently lent his voice to the animated comedy series Bojack Horseman on Netflix. So, what do you think? Is Paul McCartney the perfect addition to the Pirates legacy?