Disney has released an official plot synopsis for its fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean instalment, as filming got underway this week on the Gold Coast.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, will pit Johnny Depp‘s hapless buccaneer Captain Jack Sparrow against an “old nemesis” played by Skyfall‘s villain Javier Bardem.
Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, who recently helmed the first two episodes of Netflix’s Marco Polo, are on board as directors for the new film, which officially started shooting in Australia on Tuesday.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within and around Queensland. The film was written by Jeff Nathanson and is being produced by its original show runner Jerry Bruckheimer.
Disney’s plot synopsis states: “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 (Javier 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 artefact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.”
Alongside Depp and Bardem, the fifth film will star former Skins actress Kaya Scodelario, who joined the cast last month, and young up-and-coming Australian actor Brenton Thwaites who recently starred in Hollywood fantasy flicks Maleficent and The Giver.
It has been confirmed too that Geoffrey Rush will reprise his regular Pirates role as Captain Barbossa.
Pirates 5 was lured to film on the Gold Coast last year after intense negotiations with Screen Australia and Screen Queensland. The federal government offered a $21.6 million funding package and the then-LNP state government slashed payroll tax to fend off a competing bid by Mexico and interest from other Australian states. It is set to be the biggest movie ever filmed in Australia in terms of budget and size.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is set for release on July 7, 2017.