“We wanted to take the pirate genre to a new level, one that had all the thrills and romance that you would expect from a big adventure, but with imaginative, unforgettable characters, state-of-art special effects while taking off in whole new directions...”
These are the words from producer Jerry Bruckheimer when he first started to develop what was to become one of the world’s most famous film franchises. ‘Pirates of Caribbean’ not only breathed new life into a genre, but totally reinvigorated and reinvented it. And this is why audiences around the world have been loving the enigmatic Jack Sparrow and his adventures for years. On the 26th of May the long awaited ‘Salazar’s revenge’ will hit the big screen and cover the final (apparently) chapter in this long journey. Bringing together new and old characters in a story that goes back to the origins of the Pirates Universe.
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The epic franchise returns for its fifth instalment, ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’, which sees a crew of deadly ghost sailors, led by Captain Salazar, hunting down Jack Sparrow.
Jack’s never had the best luck, and things are looking particularly bad for him now. His only hope for survival is the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but he’ll need to ally with beautiful astronomer Carina and headstrong sailor Henry to get it. And Jack’s alliances tend not to last too long…
It’s a pirate’s life for us in ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’, which sees Johnny Depp square off against Javier Bardem as the diabolical Salazar.
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The Curse of the Black Pearl
Eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow teams up with blacksmith Will Turner to save Turner’s fiery love, Elizabeth, from cursed pirates led by Jack’s mutinous first mate Barbossa. Jack, desperate to recapture his stolen ship ‘The Black Pearl’ pursues Barbossa across the tumultuous seas aided by his magic compass, and eventually triumphs, killing Barbossa and reuniting Will and Elizabeth who decide to marry.
Dead Man’s Chest
To escape arrest, Will and Elizabeth agree to help Lord Beckett track down Jack, and more importantly his compass, in a bid to find ‘The Dead Man’s Chest’, which holds the heart of Davy Jones and the power to control the seas. However the mischievous Jack has other ideas and wants the chest himself to escape from an unpaid debt and get back his soul. Things however do not go to plan, and in a final valiant act of defiance, Jack faces the Kraken head on and is dragged along with the Pearl into the black depths of the sea. But can a resurrected Barbossa help find him?
At World’s End
Lord Beckett who now controls Davy Jones’ heart forces Jones to wage war on all pirate kind. Will, Elizabeth and Barbossa sail to the world’s end to rescue the lost Jack. As the threat from Beckett grows, and a battle imminent, the pirates release the imprisoned Goddess Calipso, who in her rage raises an almighty storm. As the dust settles on the final battle, Will, Elizabeth and Jack are victorious, but to save his life Will must take the place of Davy Jones and not return to land, nor see his newborn son for the next 10 years.
On Stranger tides
Jack Sparrow, on a quest to find the Fountain of Youth, crosses path with infamous pirate Blackbeard and Barbossa, now a privateer in King George II’s Navy. After defeating Blackbeard together, Barbossa becomes captain of Blackbeard’s magic ship and Jack takes back his Black Pearl, currently trapped inside a bottle by some sort of magic...
It’s no secret that that 'Salazar’s Revenge' not only continues the story from where it ended in 'On Stranger Tides' (Jack hasn’t yet managed to figure out the magic that keeps the Black Pearl contained in the bottle, but it will also link back to the previous three chapters. Perhaps ever further, exploring the unknown story of young Jack.
So what do we know so far?
Before the Pearl and before Davy Jones, there was Salazar....
We all know that Jack’s biggest enemy was the vicious Davy Jones and that part of his misfortunes was related with their bargain...until now! It looks like Jack was always up to no good and irked someone else very badly when he was a young pirate, someone named Salazar. This is recounted in the trailer’s first minutes, and no doubt will be repeated near the start of movie. Jack’s pirating ways clearly riled Salazar while he was alive, to such an extent that he chased Jack across the highest seas. And it seems Jack outwitted Salazar, eventually causing him to drown. But Salazar is now back with an army of ghosts ready to get his revenge… But what is the real deal between them? The feeling is there’s still something untold about Jack’s past…
Orlando Bloom is back! But he doesn’t look pretty anymore…
Fans of Bloom will be thrilled he’s back. His name appears on the official credits and he even shows his face for few seconds in the trailer. But Will Turner doesn’t look like he’s doing well... The third Pirates film, ‘At World’s End’, concludes with Will becoming the new Davy Jones and having to part ways with his wife Elizabeth (Keira Knightley). However, as a result of the Davy Jones curse, Will wouldn’t be able to set foot on land again to see Elizabeth for ten years. A post-credits scene for 'At World’s End' shows Will returning to reunite with both Elizabeth and their now ten-year old son – and it’s this scene that may come back into play in an important way in 'Salazar’s Revenge'. The fact that Will looks like he’s changing from his human form may suggests he didn’t break the Davy Jones curse...
Henry is Will’s son
On his quest to find the Poseidon Trident, Jack will buddy up with a young sailor in the Royal Navy named Henry. One of the most popular early fan theories was that Henry is Will Turner’s son, and as his name is now listed in the credits as Henry Turner that seems to be confirmed. But how does it affect the story? Most likely Henry will be on his own quest to seek a means to free his father Will, presumably going after the Trident to achieve this.
Introducing Carina Smith
New comer Carina Smith (Kaya Scodelario - Maze Runner, Skins) is a strong woman who fights against the academic rules that don’t allow women to study. She eventually comes in possession of a diary with clues that would lead to the Trident of Poseidon, and that explains why she will be part of the team with Jack and Henry. But what makes her character even more intriguing is her desire to unravel the mystery of where she comes from and discover her unknown father. The main speculation? Someone called Barbossa....
Although Knightley’s appearance in the international trailer seems to confirm Elizabeth’s return to the film is finally happening, we don’t know yet if the role will be central or not. Some say that Keira Knightley’s character will only appear in a small cameo during the end credits, some think she will be finally reunited will Will. However more excitingly some say her appearance supposedly sets up Elizabeth to play a more prominent role in a possible Pirates of the Caribbean 6. If only we could get confirmation of those rumours, it would be a complete pirate party!
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