Take a look at Captain Jack Sparrow himself (Johnny Depp) mingling with fans on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Kaneohe Bay on Oahu in Hawaii. The photos are courtesy of Whitney Eileen, a Pirates/Depp fan that was able to make a set visit and shared her expedience with Before The Trailer.

According to Ms. Eileen fans were, “told by the crew that this (the ship depicted in the photo’s) IS the Queen Revenge’s ship and NOT the Black Pearl. Apparently, The Black Pearl was turned into the Queen’s Revenge.”

“The Queen Anne’s Revenge” is of course the ship belonging to legendary pirate Blackbeard, who is played  in Priates of The Caribbean 4 by Ian McShane. In the film Jack Sparrow (Depp) and Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) go in search of the fountain of youth only to discover the Blackbeard (McShane) and his daughter (Penelope Cruz) are competitors for the prize.

As Screen Rant has reported, the latest installment of the franchise began shooting in June sans some of its previously key players.  Director Gore Verbinski left the franchise last April to direct the videogame adaptation BioShock, which has since been trapped in ratings and budgetary limbo. He is now acting as a producer on BioShock and is developing a slew of other projects including Clue and The Host. Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom are also notably absent from the current production.  Many fans felt disappointed by the second and third installments of the Pirates franchise and welcome these changes in the hopes that they will bring new life to this latest addition.

For more photos (in larger sizes) you can check out Whitney Eileen’s Tumblr Page.

Pirates 4 is being helmed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha) and apparently includes but is not limited to, “zombies, cut-throats, mermaids, and the vicious and vivacious Penelope Cruz. I am a fan of Verbinski’s directorial style but was also less impressed with the follow ups to The Curse Of The Black Pearl.  The third film, At Worlds End, was particularly disappointing. Last year’s Nine, Marshall’s musical romance based on Fellini’s 81/2, received a mixed reception at best from audiences and critics alike.  However, I still have hope that he can maintain the integrity of the established world of Pirates, while bringing a fresh infusion of energy to the story and characters.

What do you think?

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Source: Whitney Eileen via Before the Trailer