After sitting out of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment in the highly lucrative Disney franchise, it looks like Orlando Bloom is ready to hit the high seas once more. This afternoon at D23, Disney’s biyearly convention for the biggest Disney fans, confirmed that Bloom would be reprising his role as Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth film in the franchise.
The news comes after months of rumors and speculation that Bloom had been on set filming for the new movie, but Disney had never come out and fully answered whether Bloom had officially returned. It’s not a huge shock, as Bloom also recently returned to Middle Earth as the Elf Legolas for Peter Jackson in two of his films in The Hobbit trilogy. While he’s a good actor, his career really hasn’t taken off since the days of The Lord of the Rings or Pirates of the Caribbean, so it’s great to see him returning to the roles that have made him popular.
What’ll be more interesting is to see where we meet Will Turner in the new film. After Pirates of the Caribbean: The World’s End, Will had sacrificed himself to save his father and friends, becoming the new Davy Jones, who could only return to land every ten years. As the post credits scene of the film showed, Will and Elizabeth also had a son. Whether that plot line will be explored here or not, we don’t know yet, but I’m very curious to see how this all comes together.
With Jack once again facing a dark, as well as supernatural opponent in the new film, it would be no surprise to find that Jack has turned to one of his only friends, and one who could help go to battle with some ghost pirates this time. Bloom’s absence was a big problem with the last film, and his return to the series is much welcomed, in this writer’s humble opinion.
While I’m not exactly jumping up and down about the prospect of another Pirates of the Caribbean film, this news, mixed with Javier Bardem playing the villain, has me very intrigued for what’s to come.
Directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, starring returning cast Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Kevin R. McNally, Stephen Graham, and new cast members Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, David Wenham, and Golshifteh Farahani, will hits the high seas on July 7, 2017.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea …including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.