New Pirates Pictures – And How Clean A Slate For Chapter 4?

Kate Atherton writes for Bleeding Cool:

Today we have the first official look at Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – although you could be forgiven for thinking he doesn't look much different from the Jack Sparrow of the preceding three Pirates movies. Johnny Depp told USA Today:

What's most interesting about Pirates 4 is you don't have to connect the dots for these subplots and sub-characters… It felt like a fresh, clean slate.

On the surface this would indeed seem to be true; Pirates 4 does not include Keira Knightley or Orlando Bloom. To fill the gap we have instead Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane who, fresh from haranguing Matthew Macfadyen in The Pillars of Earth, is now Penelope's father, none other than that most troublesome of pirates, Blackbeard.

So swap Penelope for Keira, switch Ian McShane for Geoffrey Rush (actually you can't because he's signed on again) or Bill Nighy, and the slate doesn't seem quite as clean as Depp suggests.

Today's new stills show Jack Sparrow being dragged into custody, battling on a ship, escaping from a desert island in a rowing boat and using his guile to escape British justice (the noose, no doubt). None of which is particularly unfamiliar. Fortunately, this fourth escapade is being filmed in 3D and so it will at least have the benefit of adding another dimension. There's a suggestion that Pirates 5 & 6 will be filmed back to back in 2012. One can only hope that allows enough time for more cinematic innovations.

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