As we reported last week, Sam Claflin has joined the international cast of the upcoming Disney sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring opposite Johnny Depp and Ian McShane. Here is the official press release that Walt Disney Studios published today:

Sam Claflin has been selected by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall to star in the key role of Philip, a youthful missionary, in Walt Disney Pictures'/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth in the blockbuster series of films. Claflin joins Johnny Depp, returning in his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow, as well as Astrid Berges-Frisbey and an international cast. The film is slated to open on May 20, 2011.

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Hailing from the United Kingdom, Sam Claflin attended The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He then won roles in the historical mini-series The Pillars of the Earth, alongside actors Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Matthew Macfadyen and Donald Sutherland, followed by the telefilm The Lost Future.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is directed by Rob Marshall, whose first feature film was the Academy Award®-winning Chicago, followed by Memoirs of a Geisha and Nine. Producer /Jerry Bruckheimer's films include (producing with Don Simpson) Top Gun, and Beverly Hills Cop.

The first three films in the Pirates of the Caribbean series amassed a total international box office of $2.7 billion.

Beginning in June, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will film entirely on location in Hawaii, Great Britain and Los Angeles.