‘Pirates of the Caribbean’: 10 Spoilers For ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has seen its fair share of ups and downs over its lifespan. The first installment in the saga was nothing short of groundbreaking, especially for a film based off of a ride at Disneyland. Each subsequent chapter though marked a considerable drop-off in quality, with sequels that barely managed to be watchable.
Disney is looking to revive the franchise with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales though, bringing back (almost) the entire original cast, and a brand new villain to boot. Here’s what we learned from the first full trailer.
1. Insight into the violent past of Javier Bardem’s character, Captain Salazar
Up until now, we knew very little about who Javier Bardem’s mysterious ghost-captain really was. Thanks to the newest trailer, we have some valuable insight. According to the footage, he was a Spanish officer hellbent on eradicating pirates from the seas for good, killing them in the thousands. That all changed the moment he happened upon Jack Sparrow, forever altering his course …
2. A young (possibly CGI’ed) Jack Sparrow
The magic of Hollywood special effects has worked wonders in high-profile movies. Most recently, it brought back Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as well as a young Carrie Fisher. Here, it looks to be taking a few decades off of Johnny Depp, showing us Jack Sparrow years in the past. Either that, or Disney managed to dig up a dead ringer for Depp, however unlikely that may be given the studio’s liberal use of CGI in Rogue One.
3. Outfoxing Salazar, and dooming him to a cursed afterlife
As it turns out, Salazar and Sparrow go way back, with the latter outwitting the former, sending the Spanish captain’s ship into a watery grave in the process. Salazar’s rage kept his spirit alive, reforming him and his men into a fearsome ghost-crew, cursed to roam the seas in search of vengeance against Sparrow.
4. Mysterious markings hint at something larger at play
Salazar isn’t just after Sparrow. He’s also in search of an unnamed girl (played by Pirates newcomer Kaya Scodelario), who is shown scrawling a series of mysterious markings on the side of a wall. What we don’t know is what those markings mean, why they’re important to our villain, or even what it is that makes this girl the key to it all.
5. A new addition to the Pirates of the Caribbean cast
Every Pirates of the Caribbean movie has made a point of casting a young man and woman to serve as mismatched romantic interests. It’s a tradition that dates all the way back to Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, and was picked up following their departure in Stranger Tides.
Now, the tradition is being carried on by Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites. Scodelario plays the aforementioned mysterious girl, who we see sent to the gallows to hang later in the trailer. Clearly she’s run afoul of some powerful people, but her larger role in the story remains a relative unknown.
6. Captain Barbossa returns once more
Even throughout a collection of subpar sequels, Geoffrey Rush’s cackling performance as Captain Barbossa has always been a joy to watch. Rush returns to reprise his role in Dead Men Tell No Tales, as Barbossa’s ship is tasked by Salazar with tracking down Jack Sparrow. For what it’s worth, Barbossa doesn’t exactly look amenable to these terms, but what can you do when a nigh-immortal ghost who hates pirates has a job for you?
7. Jack is back
With all this talk of Salazar’s quest to track down Jack Sparrow, it all begs the question: Where the hell is he? If the trailer is to be believed, he’s back in Port Royal behind bars and for some reason, missing his pants. Odds are he’s about to stage some sort of daring escape, likely with the help of our two young leads.
And, according to the official synopsis of the film, he has his own agenda too. “Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon,” it reads on IMDb, hinting at a story that goes far beyond an age-old grudge between him and Salazar.
8. Brenton Thwaites joins Team Sparrow
It wouldn’t be a Pirates of the Caribbean movie without two young hotties that look just enough like Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley to keep us honest. Brenton Thwaites (Gods of Egypt) plays the token naive male love interest, whose main function in the trailer seems to be breaking Jack out of jail, and ogling Kaya Scodelario’s ankles.
9. Yes, there will be a CGI zombie shark
In case you ever had any doubts, the new Pirates of the Caribbean will be just as insane as its predecessors, prominently featuring a zombie ghost-shark. It’s an approach that’s been decidedly hit or miss for the franchise in past years, but there’s little doubting that it’ll at least look really cool.
10. A hint at Orlando Bloom’s return
We still haven’t seen Orlando Bloom anywhere in the early footage for Dead Men Tell No Tales, despite the fact that we know he’s returning for at least a brief cameo at some point. When we last left Will Turner, he was the man responsible for ushering the dead onto the next life, cursed to remain at sea for all of eternity. The transition into the afterlife is marked by the ocean shifting into a cliff-face (and some crazy special effects to do so), and if the above frame is any indication, Will’s return is nigh.
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