Will Will Turner return? That’s a fun sentence to type (and to say aloud), but it’s a sentiment I’ve honestly never had any reason to contemplate before today.
In case you’ve forgotten, Will Turner is Orlando Bloom’s character in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, a swashbuckling apprentice-turned-hero who won the girl (Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Swann) in the first movie over a decade ago. Those two characters were major players in the first three movies in the Pirates franchise, but sat out Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as actors like Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane filled out the continuing adventures of Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow. Since they didn’t appear in the last film, I assumed that Bloom and Knightley wouldn’t be back for any other adventures because their story had reached its end. Also helping? The fact that Knightley has said that she won’t return seemed to be the nail in the proverbial coffin.
But while Knightley may not return, there’s apparently still the possibility that Bloom could make another appearance in the upcoming sequel. The actor spoke at Oz Comic-Con in Australia recently (via Daily Mail) and said, “There have certainly been some discussions about it and I’m open to it.” Far from a confirmation, but at least it sounds like some talks have been had about what the future of Will Turner may be in the films.
He went on to talk about how much he loved working with co-star Johnny Depp, who will definitely be back as the headliner of the upcoming sequel:
That whole experience working with Johnny (Depp) and (director) Gore (Verbinski) was really amazing for me. I had a great time working with Johnny, one of the reasons I jumped at the opportunity (to be in the first Pirates) was because Johnny was involved. I was such a massive fan of Johnny Depp growing up so to get up close and personal to Johnny and see how he worked as an actor was just a massive gift.
Bloom hasn’t exactly had a stellar career outside of his massive franchises, and the idea of returning to an iconic role years later isn’t without precedent for him. He reprised his role of Legolas from The Lord of the Rings trilogy in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, the final entry of which (The Battle of The Five Armies) arrives in theaters later this year. So seeing him suit up as Will Turner again wouldn’t be too much of a stretch.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will hit theaters on July 7th, 2017, so Bloom and Disney have a little while before they need to come to a final decision regarding the character’s fate. Would you want to see Will Turner make a comeback without Knightley’s Elizabeth Swann (and their son) by his side?
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