Pirates of the Caribbean 5 won’t hit theaters until 2017, but fans are already learning more about what to expect from the film. During its D23 Expo panel this month, Disney revealed new details about the upcoming installment of the popular franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales – including the return of a major character.
While Johnny Depp’s Jack Captain Sparrow will once again take center stage in the new movie, he won’t be the only Pirates vet on the scene. As Disney just confirmed, Orlando Bloom will reprise his role as Will Turner in the new movie. It will be his first appearance in the franchise since 2007. The actor previously starred alongside Depp and Keira Knightley in the first three Pirates movies, The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End, but was left off the casting roster for 2011’s On Stranger Tides. After months of speculation, he’s now finally set to make his return.
News of Bloom’s reappearance in the franchise has generated a positive response to fans of the early Pirates movies, although it likely didn’t come as a huge surprise. Rumors of his potential reappearance in the franchise have been circulating for some time now. The actor himself previously hinted at his possible participation in Pirates 5 last year. “I’m not entirely sure that [I’ll be back] just yet, but there are talks,” he said at the time, also suggesting that the film would act as a soft reboot for the franchise.
Per Disney’s official synopsis, Dead Man’s Chest will center on a down-on-his luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp), who is thrust even further into ill fortune after deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, Captain Salazar (played by Javier Bardem), decide to kill every pirate at sea – including him. His only chance of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
How exactly Bloom’s Will Turner will fit into the plot remains to be seen. So far, Disney has only confirmed the character’s return, but declined to reveal any details about his specific role in the upcoming movie.
Bloom isn’t the only original star set to reprise his Pirates character in the fifth movie. Geoffrey Rush is also rumored to coming back as Barbossa, while Kevin R. McNally will reportedly return as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum.
Joining the returning actors are several new cast members. Aside from Bardem’s villainous character, Brenton Thwaites (The Giver) has also reportedly been cast in the part of a British soldier and Golshifteh Farahani (Exodus: Gods and Kings) will also join the film in an unknown role. Meanwhile, Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) will play the female lead.
Dead Men Tell No Tales aims to put the franchise back on top after lackluster reviews for the last several sequels. On Stranger Tides, which featured Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane, was met with a widely negative critical response. Despite this, it ended up grossing a whopping $1.046 billion worldwide.
Whether Pirates 5 can go on to become both a critical and commercial success remains to be seen, but the return of some fan favorite characters and the extra time allotted to the film (the premiere date was pushed back from summer 2015 to 2017) seems to be putting it off to a good start.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales finished filming in Australia in early August. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 7, 2017.