The first clip from Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has been released online today. The release comes just one week ahead of the film's theatrical debut next Friday, acting as the second in a string of major releases Disney has planned for this year's summer season. Dead Men Tell No Tales marks the fifth installments in the Pirates franchise, which after the release of The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003, has managed to last 14 years and turned out to be one of Disney's longest-running and most profitable live-action franchises to date. Not bad for what started as little more than a B-movie adaptation of a beloved Disney theme park ride.
The new film picks up several years following the events of its predecessor, 2011's On Stranger Tides, when Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is suddenly hunted by the ghost of Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), an old foe whom he thwarted and sent to the grave decades ago. With the goal of wiping every pirate from the sea, Salazar intends on making Sparrow pay for killing him, forcing Jack to partner up with some new allies in a quest to find the one artifact capable of saving his life, the Trident of Poseidon.
Not much has been revealed so far about how Salazar and his crew come back to life in the film yet, or what exactly his abilities are. But the new clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live! does reveal one of the ghost pirate's only weaknesses, which is his inability to set foot on land, a fact that one of his crew members is painfully forced to learn. Depp, as always, is providing the same over-the-top, lovable buffoon act with Sparrow in the clip, as he hurriedly runs away from Salazar, who promises to be waiting for him still when he returns. Check out the clip for yourself in the space above.
In addition to Depp, Dead Men Tell No Tales features the long-awaited return of some other franchise originals, including Orlando Bloom's William Turner, Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, and a spoiler-y cameo appearance from another fan-favorite character. In fact, one of Jack's new allies, Brenton Thwaites' Henry, also happens to be the son of William and Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley), which should give the film some much-needed connective tissue to the rest of the franchise.
Fortunately for Disney, early reactions to Dead Men Tell No Tales have been overwhelmingly positive up until this point, with many calling it the best Pirates film since Curse of the Black Pearl. Now, there's no telling if audiences will end up agreeing with that, but it certainly gives the film a better chance at performing well at the box office than say, Alice Through the Looking Glass had last year, which also featured Depp reprising a role as the Mad Hatter, and wound up costing Disney millions of dollars as a box office failure. Despite negative reviews to some of the more recent Pirates films, though, the franchise has still consistently put out financially-successful outings for the studio, and now all that waits to be seen, is if Dead Men Tell No Tales will continue that trend, or if it will be yet another disappointing addition to Depp's recent string of failures.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) release date: May 26, 2017