Paul McCartney Joins PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
Here's a piece of fun casting news that I didn't see coming. Paul McCartney will be joining Johnny Depp in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. This is the fifth installment of the franchise and according to the report, McCartney will have at least one scene.
McCartney also joins Geoffrey Rush as Barbosa, Javier Bardem as the film's villain, and Orlando Bloom, who will be back as Will Turner.
The film has already completed shooting but directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning will be shooting one more extra scene that will feature McCartney. Is this scene pertinent to the story? Probably not. McCartney probably just asked to be in the film and Disney was like, "yeah sure!"
Of course, McCartney isn't the first famous English rock star to appear in the Pirates franchise. The Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards played Sparrow's pops in At World's End and On Stranger Tides. He was perfect for the part and made a great old pirate (and Depp reportedly modeled his Jack Sparrow character at least partially on Richards). There's no word on who McCartney will play, but he doesn't seem like pirate material to me.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
The new Pirates film also stars Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites, and it will be released on May 26, 2017.