Looks like Javier Bardem is the latest actor to walk the plank between massive franchises. Bardem, who recently played the villainous Silva in the James Bond film Skyfall, is reportedly in early talks to play the villain in Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The Wrap has the story, saying that while Inglourious Basterds actor Christoph Waltz was once thought to be the frontrunner for the villain in the new Pirates film, the offer is out to Bardem to play “Captain Brand, a ghost bent on revenge against Capt. Jack Sparrow, who he holds responsible for the murder of his brother.”
Bardem’s wife, Penelope Cruz, starred in the most recent Pirates film, On Stranger Tides, but it’s still unclear if she’ll appear in the newest movie. (Cruz was just named the sexiest woman in the world by Esquire magazine earlier this week.) Other yet-to-be-cast roles set to pop up in Dead Men Tell No Tales are “a British soldier and a young girl he hopes to protect,” but we all saw how useless Sam Claflin and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey were as side characters last time around, so hopefully writer Jeff Nathanson can improve upon that situation this time. Of course, Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush are expected to return as Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa, respectively, and there’s also a role for a young woman accused of practicing witchcraft, said to be a love interest for Depp’s character.
The film may also star Orlando Bloom, who fueled rumors that he’d return to the Pirates franchise in some capacity. In any case, Pirates 5 is slated for release on July 7th, 2017. Since the last film made so much money, Disney surely hopes that this will be another bankable entry that will stand between Star Wars and Avengers movies to make the company even more money.
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