Paul McCartney has revealed his character for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Early reactions to the fifth installment in Disney’s popular Pirates franchise have been widely positive, with Dead Men Tell No Tales serving as a reboot of sorts; returning the franchise to its ghostly roots with a story that focuses on an undead captain trying to rid the seas of all pirates.
Johnny Depp once again returns as the ubiquitous Captain Jack Sparrow, with Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner. Newcomers to the franchise include Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar, Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner, Kaya ScodelariOo as Carina Smyth… and Paul McCartney.
Yes, really. The Beatles singer and music legend has chosen to follow in the footsteps of Keith Richards, by playing a role in the multi-billion dollar franchise. McCartney unveiled a first look at his character via his Twitter account that can be seen below.
Oddly, although he is in full pirate costume, and holding a hand of cards, his character is listed on IMDB as Jail Guard 2. Guesses begin now as to how McCartney’s character ties in, though it’s doubtful his role is little more than a cameo. The singer’s impressive pirate beard and dreadlocks are reminiscent of Jack Sparrow’s look, though he can’t be playing his father since that role was played by Richards. His appearance is, apparently, tied into a ‘big set-piece.’
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has a lot to live up to after the dismal reviews of the fourth movie, On Stranger Tides. That movie was a muddled mess, but trailers for Dead Men Tell No Tales do at least hint at a very clear story being told; a young Jack Sparrow banishes Captain Salazar and his crew to the Devil’s Triangle, where they remain in a ghostly state until they manage to escape and tour the seas, killing all pirates. Sparrow teams with the young Henry and Carina and together, the three try to locate the Trident of Poseidon, the only way to end the ghostly crew for good.
Citing The Curse of the Black Pearl as inspiration, directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning will hopefully deliver a movie that is a return to form. Pirates has always been silly, and a whole load of fun, but early movies in the franchise also told a truly entertaining and novel story; marrying the pirate and ghost genres together was something that worked incredibly well, so it’ll be good to see it played out once more.
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