Last time we saw Orlando Bloom’s heroic Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean world, he had killed villainous squid pirate Davy Jones in the third installment of the series, 2007’s At World’s End. After marrying Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Swan, he was banished to the depths of the sea to take over the mantle as captain of the Flying Dutchman for a ten-year voyage. This year, the dead men of the Pirates franchise are rising from Davy Jones’s locker. Will Turner is back!
Details are scarce about the plot of the latest Pirates adventure, Dead Men Tell No Tales, but the trailer that played during the Super Bowl Sunday should bring a smile to any land lubbers face beyond the Johnny Cash “Ain’t No Grave” cover.
“They’re searching for a Sparrow,” a whispered voice says. It seems everybody in every one of these movies is looking for Johnny Depp’s eccentric pirate Jack Sparrow. And if you thought the series’s patented supernatural swashbuckling aesthetic would change, think again. Javier Bardem’s villainous Capitán Salazar and his crew running along the top of the crystal-clear Caribbean water like some spooky pirate ghost versions of Jesus is a standout image. It would be a good assumption that they are also looking for Sparrow:
But the biggest surprise was Blooms return as Will Turner. It remains to be seen whether this will be a glorified cameo, or whether Turner is seriously back to claim his humanity after spending a decade sailing the supernatural seas.
Here’s the official synopsis from Disney:
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea, notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters this Memorial Day.