|Source: Entertainment Weekly|
Orlando Bloom has today unveiled a few thought-provoking new tidbits of information surrounding the narrative of Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming follow-up to their 2011 fantasy movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides *. Scheduled for release in a port (or cinema, as we now refer to them) near you in around three years' time, the fifth instalment in the long-running swashbuckling saga - which is currently going by the name Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, though that's subject to change as production progresses - is at present only officially confirmed to star series mainstay Johnny Depp as (you guessed it) Captain Jack Sparrow.
According to Bloom, however, all that could be about to change. The British thespian had this to say when quizzed on the matter during an interview with IGN which was timed to coincide with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the States today: "I'm not entirely sure [if I'll return], but there are talks. Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me [or rather his character, Will Turner, who sacrificed his freedom to become Davy Jones' successor in 2007's At World's End] and the relationship with my son [who we glimpsed in At World's End's post-credits sequence]." Rumors of a return for Will Turner in one of our least-anticipated motion pictures of recent times have been abound sometime now, as have hints that his dearly beloved, Elizabeth Swann (played by Keira Knightley to marvelous effect in the original trilogy of Pirates films, hence why she has since acquired major roles in productions such as The Imitation Game), yet by confirming their validity and teasing a "reboot" - even if it's thematic rather than entailing the demise of all of the franchise's existing continuity - Bloom has shaken up the playing field considerably, implying that unlike the mediocre shipwreck that was On Stranger Tides, Dead Men could at the very least drastically rearrange the status quo in such a way that Depp's beloved protagonist might even start to take a much-needed backseat as other plot threads finally come into play (because honestly, does anyone truly wanted to spend five further entries in Sparrow's solitary company?).
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tells No Tales drops anchor in cinemas worldwide on July 7th, 2017.
* Apologies if the title of the franchise's turgid fourth instalment alone was enough to send shivers down your spine, dear reader, but in fairness, to go an entire Pirates-themed article without mentioning just why the series seems to have fallen so damn far would be downright inexcusable in our still-recovering eyes.