Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales pits Jack Sparrow against the dead in a new TV trailer and IMAX poster. The long-awaited fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will try to recapture the magic of the first, The Curse of the Black Pearl. The last three Pirates movies have ridden Johnny Depp’s star power and eye-popping visual effects to box office success, but haven’t been as compelling or memorable than the movie that launched the series.
In Dead Men Tell No Tales, Depp as Sparrow faces perhaps his most formidable foe yet: the dead. He will face an army of undead pirate hunters commanded by Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem), who aspires to eradicate all living pirates and exact revenge on his old rival Sparrow in the process. The inevitable showdown between Sparrow and Salazar is highlighted in the movie’s newest TV trailer.
The official Twitter account for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales posted the 60-second trailer on Sunday night, which you can watch in the video above. It showcases Salazar’s undead army and the movie’s ultimate battle between the living and the dead. There’s an extended glimpse at flashbacks to the living version of Salazar and his feud with a young Sparrow, whom Depp will portray with the help of CGI-fueled de-aging. You can also check out a new IMAX poster for the movie below:
There’s also an extended look at the role of Henry (Brenton Thwaites) in aiding Sparrow during his conflicts. At one point in the trailer he declares, “The dead will not rest until they get their revenge.” Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) also makes an appearance, describing herself as a “woman of science” who doesn’t believe in “supernatural nonsense.” Something tells us that her experiences will make her a believer.
The nature of life and death will certainly be one of the major themes of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, with the battle between Sparrow and Salazar at the heart of the story. Much of the movie’s success could come down to the performance of Bardem, who proved how great of a villain he can be as Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men. But regardless, this TV trailer indicates that Dead Men Tell No Tales will have no shortage of the spectacular action and Jack Sparrow witticisms that have made the series a hit.
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been commercially successful and will likely continue to be so with Dead Men Tell No Tales, but the series has seen diminishing returns with each new chapter. Action, effects, and humor from Depp can only carry the series so far. The hope is that Bardem’s performance and the battle between living and dead ultimately breathes new life into the franchise.