Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series, based on the same named attraction on Disney theme parks all over the world, has been on a roll for a near decade and a half now. Fans just can’t seem to have enough of the thrilling and supernatural adventures of the wacky eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) and his ship the Black Pearl during the Age of Piracy. The first three movies of the series ran on a contained timeline that ultimately saw two regular characters – Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) – retire from the narrative as of the fourth film “On Stranger Tides”. With the fifth film “Dead Men Tell No Tales” soon to premiere, the surprises have been non-stop for longtime fans.
First it was the revelation of the new character Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), son of Will and Elizabeth and Jack’s new main sidekick. Then there was the return of Will Turner, now the undying captain of the enchanted Flying Dutchman. Many thought that would be all they’ll be getting, with memories of Knightley talking about her bowing out of the franchise in interviews post her final appearance in “At World’s End” of 2007. Then the international trailer hit the internet and a bombshell was dropped on everybody: Elizabeth Swann-Turner is back too.
It was a magnificent piece of marketing on Disney’s part to have kept this secret close to their collective chest even as the release date for “Dead Men Tell No Tales” draws ever nearer. With the return of Keira Knightley as her iconic role of Elizabeth, espied in a brief scene of the international trailer, the flagship couple of the film series seems bound for an epic reunion.
The trilogy of “Curse of the Black Pearl”, “Dead Man’s Chest” and “At World’s End” saw Bloom and Knightley’s characters graduate from naïve townsfolk and childhood friends, to skilled mariners, fierce warriors and authority figures of the pirating world they lived in. Elizabeth became Pirate King of the Brethren Court while Will took the place of Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) as the eternal captain of the Dutchman, ferrying the souls of the dead at sea and cursed to be able to set foot on land only once every ten years. Interestingly, Will has begun to exhibit the growth of barnacles on his body, similar to how the Dutchman’s cursed crew looked during their service under Davy Jones.
“Dead Men Tell No Tales” involves Jack facing off against a foe from his youth, a former Spanish Naval captain named Armando Salazar who was tricked into being trapped in the Devil’s Triangle by Jack only to return an undead monster year’s later seeking revenge. Jack must recover his ship the Black Pearl, in order to face off with Salazar in one final battle. The film opens in theaters on May 26.
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