New 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' Featurette & Poster

Ian McShane as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean 4

Johnny Depp hasn't tired of wearing pirate garb and eyeliner just yet, and he'll repeat the act in this year's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Disney's latest entry in its mega-popular amusement park ride film franchise once again features Depp as the scoundrel Jack Sparrow, Captain Jack Sparrow that is, along with several new characters and a different director in Rob Marshall (Chicago).

The Mouse House has officially unveiled a featurette titled "On Stranger Tides Revealed" online, along with a brand new poster that visually emphasizes the fact that Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is very much Captain Jack's story, first and foremost.

On Stranger Tides follows Jack as he attempts to track down the legendary Fountain of Youth and avoid ever having to possibly frequent Davy Jones' Locker again. Complicating matters are the likes of his former flame, Angelica (Penelope Cruz); her old man, the pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane); and Jack's one-time mutinous first mate, Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who's gone respectable and works for King George II (Richard Griffiths) now.

As illustrated in the original On Stranger Tides trailer and a more recent remixed preview, the supernatural creatures this time around include zombie pirates (see: conceptual art for the monsters) and alluring mermaids - rather than cursed undead buccaneers and human/marine life hybrids. It's all sounds rather silly when you put it like that, but that's the Pirates of the Caribbean series in a nutshell, isn't it?

Watch "On Stranger Tides Revealed" below:


Disney is hoping that On Stranger Tides does well enough in theaters to kick off another trilogy of Pirates flicks and has franchise screenwriter Terry Rossio locked for Pirates 5 already. Moviegoers just have to hope that the fourth film contains enough in the way of fun set pieces, clever humor, exciting sword fights, and general entertainment value to make it worth checking out.

Besides cutting down the running time from the last picture, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (169 minutes) to a "measly" 141 minutes, On Stranger Tides also features a much simplified narrative as well. Like The Curse of the Black Pearl, the fourth Pirates movie is a standalone tale that revolves around the exploits of Jack Sparrow - and the latest poster for the picture makes it all too (literally) clear that Depp is very much at the heart of the action this time around.

Check out the new On Stranger Tides poster (via IGN) below:

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 On Stranger Tides movie poster

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sails into theaters this summer on May 20th.

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