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Christopher Waltz may play the villain in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

Posted on November 29, 2013 at 2:17 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


The only thing we know for sure about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is that Johnny Depp will return as Captain Jack Sparrow, it is being written by Jeff Nathanson, it’s being directed by Kon-Tiki‘s Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and they are aiming for a 2016 release.  Everything else below is to be taken with a grain of salt as rumors and in some cases rampant speculation.  We’ve got a few new possible plot details for the fifth installment of the high-seas fanchise, along with a pair of actors who could be starring alongside Depp, plus a host of character descriptions.  It’ll be interesting to say the least if it all turns out to be true, but there’s a good chance it’s nothing but bilge.

We first reported on rumored plot details a couple of months ago.  Possible spoilers ahead.

  • Witchcraft and witches play a very central role to the story.
  • There’s a new female lead who will be a sparring partner for Jack Sparrow.  She is suspected of witchcraft but is actually a woman of science.
  • There is also a ghost in a lead role, a former member of the British military who is now sided with Captain Barbossa.
  • Two pretty young Brits from farming families play into a subplot, filling the Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley roles from the initial trilogy.
  • The film begins with “a rather awkward wedding” and the climax involves the myth of the Bermuda Triangle.

Some of the new plot rumors support those previously reported.  Here’s the new set from Mail Online (via Bleeding Cool):

  • Jack and his team are in search of  The Trident, which Keith [Richards’] Teague holds valuable information to.
  • The villain this time is Captain Brand… [he] wants the Trident so he can get his revenge on Jack.
  • Brand believes Jack turned his brother Eric into a pirate, which led to his death.
  • Also in Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jack becomes enchanted by Barbosa’s daughter, Carina Smyth.
  • She’s a beautiful woman in her late 30s who is called a witch by some but is really an adept astronomer.

django-unchained-christoph-waltz-400x600The first thing you’ll notice is that Mail Online is claiming an exclusive on Keith Richards’ return to the franchise.  That may very well be, but their source also said the picture was starting production in October; it’s now slated to begin filming early next year.  Of interest is the Captain Brand character, which has apparently piqued the interest of Christoph Waltz.  As for the role of Carina Smyth, BC reports that the studio is interested in Rebecca Hall, but there’s no further confirmation beyond that.  One final character note, previous reports mentioned a “naked witch” playing a role in the plot; that casting call has apparently been adjusted slightly to “exotic”, though it’s unclear if the “naked” part is up for negotiation.

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