Scheduled for release in the United States Friday, 26 May 2017, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” reunites Johnny Depp, Kevin McNally, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley for another adventure on the high seas.
Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, this fifth instalment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise sees Depp, McNally, Rush, Bloom and Knightley are all reprising their roles as Jack Sparrow, Joshamee Gibbs, Hector Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, respectively.
Since both Bloom and Knightley were both absent from the fourth installment, “On Stranger Tides,” it is nice to see the two of them returning to the franchise.
The film also stars Javier Bardem as Armando Salazar, Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner and Kaya Scodelario as Carina Smyth.
With a screenplay written by Jeff Nathanson, this fifth film saw Jerry Bruckheimer serving once again as producer.
Interestingly, even though the trailers for the film indicate this is the last adventure for Sparrow, it has been suggested “Dead Men Tell No Tales” is a soft reboot of the franchise. If it is true this film depicts the final adventure, it cannot be a reboot – soft or otherwise.
Despite this point, since the first installment of the franchise “The Curse of the Black Pearl” was referenced as inspiration for the “Dead Men Tell No Tales” script, there might be something to the notion the film being a soft reboot.
On March 4, 2017, Rønning stated “Dead Men Tell No Tales” was only the beginning of the final adventure, implying final story in the franchise could be at least a two-parter.