[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he next entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean series could be a soft reboot of the franchise, according to Orlando Bloom, who starred as Will Turner in the first three Pirates films. The British actor has not officially signed on for Dead Men Tell No Tales, but while promoting The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, he expressed to IGN his interest in returning to the blockbuster franchise.
“I’m not entirely sure that [I’ll be back] just yet, but there are talks. Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son. I’m of course Davy Jones now, so I’m down the bottom of the ocean. It might be kind of fun to do something where I’m rumbling round the bottom of the ocean because I won’t look anything like me. [Gestures to face] Get all gnarly.”
This would fit in well with the mythos of the series, as the last time we saw Will Turner, he had become the new captain of the Flying Dutchman, cursing him to life on the ocean except for one day on land every ten years. In the post-credits scene of At World’s End, set ten years after their last encounter, Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Turner is seen standing with their son, as the Dutchman surfaces from underwater so Will can spend his one day on land with his family.
Knightley has previously said that she has no intention of returning to the Pirates films, and although Bloom had similar sentiments years ago, she is more likely to stick to her guns. As of now, the only confirmed cast member in Dead Men Tell No Tales is Johnny Depp who returns as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow. There are rumors that Geoffrey Rush will return to play Hector Barbossa, and Javier Bardem is expected to play the film’s villain, Captain Brand.
Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, the directing team behind the Academy Award-nominated Norwegian film Kon-Tiki, will be at the helm of Pirates 5, which will start filming early next year in Australia.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sails into theaters July 7, 2017.