Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be the fifth installment in Disney's swashbuckling adventure series. The first three films followed Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and fan-favorite Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). However, the fourth movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, switched the focus to Depp's roguish pirate while Bloom and Knightley did not appear.
Although early reports claimed Bloom was in talks to return - and perhaps be the focus of a father/son reboot of the franchise - the official synopsis confirmed Jack Sparrow would again be the central character of a Pirates of the Caribbean film. Now, however, Bloom has been confirmed to return for Dead Men Tell No Tales.
During the Disney presentation at the D23 Expo, the studio unveiled the official logo for Dead Men Tell No Tales (above). Plus, Walt Disney Studios President Sean Bailey officially confirmed Bloom's return as Will Turner in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean. Though nothing else about Turner's role in the film was confirmed, the last time we left the character he had assumed the role of Davy Jones, captain of the Flying Dutchman, while Elizabeth was left to raise their son.
Bloom joins fellow Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales co-stars Depp, Oscar winner Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites (The Giver) and Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials). Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer is again returning to the role, while Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki) are directing from a script penned by Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 1 & 2).
It's likely that Will Turner will still be the captain of the Flying Dutchman when he appears in Pirates of the Caribbean 5, though it's unclear how much time has passed since we last saw him and his 10-year-old son. Thwaites previously hinted that Will's son, now likely grown, will be looking to reconnect with his father, which corresponds with Bloom's earlier comments about his character's role in the new film dealing with his relationship with his son.
However, with Dead Men Tell No Tales focusing on Jack searching for the Trident of Poseidon in order to face off against "his old nemesis" (played by Bardem), who is "determined to kill every pirate at sea," it's possible Will could return as an ally to Jack. Since Davy Jones is a master of the seas he may be able to help Jack find the trident - though since he can only set foot on land once every 10 years, he may not prove to be very helpful outside of the ocean.
Perhaps, since neither the official synopsis nor the announcement of Bloom's return offer much to confirm or deny the inclusion of these plot threads, both could appear in Dead Men Tell No Tales - or neither. Hopefully as the film's release date grows closer, we'll learn more about how all these pieces fit together in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters July 7th, 2017.
Source: Walt Disney Studios