Johnny Depp's one-of-a-kind trickster Jack Sparrow kindly offered everyone the chance to join him on his hair-brained quest to find the Fountain of Youth in the original teaser trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
That silver-tongued scoundrel Sparrow reiterates his offer in the first featurette for this summer's fourth Pirates of the Caribbean, which exchanges villainous fish-men and squid-bearded Davy Jones for zombie scallywags, mysterious mermaids, and the pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).
On Stranger Tides finds Sparrow being thwarted in his attempt to locate the legendary Fountain by a now respectable Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), a former flame of Sparrow's named Angelica (Penelope Cruz), and her old man - the vicious Captain Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard. As the official Pirates of the Caribbean 4 trailer demonstrates, the new installment will feature plenty of clashing swords, explosive battles, dangerous treks through dense foliage, sinister creatures that reside in shadowy caverns, and Sparrow doing his best to avoid being killed by it all.
Director Rob Marshall and producer Jerry Bruckheimer also lend their voices to the On Stranger Tides featurette, emphasizing the dynamic between Sparrow, Angelica, and Blackbeard in particular. As anyone who's seen the 68-year-old McShane in the HBO show Deadwood will attest, he can make for quite the intimidating villain onscreen - even when he's not dropping F-bombs or slashing his opponent's throats open.
Check out the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides featurette, courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures, below:
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The fourth Pirates pic looks to offer the franchise's standard mix of big-budget set pieces and sly humor, via Depp in particular. On Stranger Tides is self-described as a standalone adventure that won't be burdened with as many subplots or characters as that of the last two Pirates flicks. How the events of the fourth film will play into the plot of Disney's fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie (which is already in development) remains to be seen.
With a different director and several new cast members added to the mix, On Stranger Tides should hopefully feel more like a fresh swashbuckler, less like a tired fourth entry in a money-making franchise. Depending on how well the film does financially, it may or may not be the last moviegoers get to see of the incorrigible Captain Jack Sparrow.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides arrives in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 20th, 2011.