Kaya Scodelario says she'd return for Pirates of the Caribbean 6 and even has an idea of where she'd take her character - but hasn't got a script yet. Scodelario joined the franchise in fifth entry Dead Men Tell No Tales as Carina Smyth, an astrologist who finds herself wrapped up in Captain Jack Sparrow and Henry Turner's (son of Will and Elizabeth) quest to find Posideon's trident. Along the way she meets her father, Geoffery Rush's Captain Barbossa, finally finding her place in the world.
Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's film ended on a rather happy note, seeing Will freed from his Flying Dutchman curse and Carina and Henry in a burgeoning romance, but a post-credits scene teased that things weren't going to be quite so happily ever after with the return of Davy Jones. Now we have an exclusive update on the sequel.
Screen Rant recently talked with Scodelario for Dead Men Tell No Tales' home video release and discussed where she saw the franchise and her character going from here. She revealed that she's contractually set to come back and even has her own idea of where to take the character:
"Well, when I signed up for the first one, I signed up for two movies. So I am contractually obliged, but I'd love to [do it]. I think there's a lot we can still do. I'd like see a Carina who takes the helm of Barbossa on the sea - have her own all-female pirate crew."
It was always assumed Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites (who plays Henry) would be signed up for more, but this serves as confirmation for the former. And while her idea is very much a fiction, it would make sense for Carina to take to the seas given the character's arc in Pirates 5.
However, this doesn't mean a sixth outing for Captain Jack where he sees the Black Pearl (which he's just reclaimed) fall into the hands of Barbossa's daughter is set. As Scodalario went on, the status of the film is very much up in the air:
"I think it would be a lot of fun to go back. It was an amazing experience to shoot [...] so many people all watch it and find joy in it - it crosses generations. People enjoy these movies and [...] people still want to see them. I think it's important that we make sure it's good and if people want it and we can find the right script, I'd love to be a part of it. But as of now, I haven't heard anything."
As the actor alludes to and has been more explicitly stated by franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the existence of Pirates of the Caribbean 6 hinges on the success of the fifth film's home video release. Dead Men Tell No Tales made $794M worldwide on a reported $230M budget, which accounting for marketing doubling the production cost means the film was firmly in profit. However, only 21% of that ($172M) came from US ticket sales, a series worst by quite a margin that made it one of 2017's least profitable films domestically. It was also $200M below the last three entries in the franchise globally, suggesting that, despite new characters and return to the original's tone, the film didn't quite connect with audiences.
If it doesn't happen Scodelario still has plenty on her plate, with Maze Runner finale The Death Cure, due out next year.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is available on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ now, and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on October 3.