On Wednesday Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg told Deadline they will be shooting Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 – titled Dead Men Tell No Tales – in both Puerto Rico and New Orleans ‘at the end of the year.’
Johnny is set to return as Captain Jack Sparrow. Geoffrey Rush is locked in as Barbosa and Keith Richards will reprise his role as Captain Teague, MailOnline has learned.
As MailOnline exclusively reported in December, Christopher Waltz is in the running to snap up the role of the film’s villain.
Penelope Cruz, who played the fiery Angelica Teach in Pirate’s 2011 film On Stranger Tides, will not be taking a starring role, though it’s possible she could make a very small cameo, MailOnline has learned.
In this new installment of the Disney franchise – which is set for a 2016 release – Jack and his team are in search of The Trident, which Keith’s Teague holds valuable information to.
The villain this time is Captain Brand, a ghost that wants the Trident so he can get his revenge on Jack.
Brand believes Jack turned his brother Eric into a pirate, which led to his death.
Christopher – best known for his turn in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 hit Inglourious Basterds – is interested in playing Brand.
Also in Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jack becomes enchanted by Barbosa’s daughter, Carina Smyth.
She’s a beautiful woman in her late 30s who is called a witch by some but is really an adept astronomer.
‘She falls for Jack as their adventures keep them together, but he rebuffs her advances in fear of angering Barbosa,’ script notes obtained exclusively by MailOnline reveal.
Carina has not yet been cast, but Rebecca Hall of Vicky Cristina Barcelona fame has reportedly been mentioned for the part. The role calls for a woman in her 30s.
Before Penelope, Keira Knightley was the female lead of the franchise.
The script is by Jess Nathanson and producers include Johnny and his older sister Christi Dembrowski, as well as Jerry Bruckeheimer.
Johnny’s girlfriend Amber Heard was in the news on Tuesday for reportedly stepping out to Ago restaurant in LA with a rock on her wedding finger, hinting that she may be engaged to the acting icon.