I've been trying to put together some bits and pieces of the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales plot for a while now, working from various fragments of behind-the-curtain info. Seeing as Disney have just now decided to push back the film's release date from the super-crowded summer of 2015 – phew! – I thought it might be a good time to chew over what I've found out so far.
But as the script is being reworked right now some of the following will likely stretch a little. Don't expect it to change outright – planning and casting is far too advanced for many radical alterations.
So, let's try to put it together from the top down.
First of all, there's going to be a new female lead, a sparring partner for Jack Sparrow. She's nothing like him, mind you – despite being suspected of witchcraft, she's actually a woman of science. Expect some sexual chemistry, but also expect it to be a touch one sided…
There's more to her character, but the best stuff is very spoilery.
As for witches, they're central to whole conceit. There are some other, actual witches involved. If Tia Dalma, from the second and third films, makes another appearance, it's a minor one but it'll be very easy to leave her out. These new witches have somewhat less of a hoodoo flavouring.
Keeping up the supernatural flavour, there's also going to be a ghost in a leading role. It's this character, a former member of the British military now sided with Barbossa on a revenge mission, that gives the film its title.
And just in case you miss the other half of the equation, the dripping wet Orlando Bloom or Keira Knightley roles, they'll this time go to a couple of pretty young Brits from farming families. They're pure subplot fodder, however, and if anything gets the chop it will be these two.
I can tell you that the film starts with a rather awkward wedding and climaxes with a riff on the myth of the Bermuda Triangle.
All in all, it seems to be just the sort of thing you'd expect from a Pirates movie. In short, it's going to make Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer an absolute mint.
Despite the delay in its release, production on the film is still expected to get underway next year. From all of the info I have, I'm still full of questions and curiosity. Most of all, I think, I want to know who they'll take as the female lead – think Ruth Wilson, Emily Blunt, Rebecca Hall or Alice Eve. It could be any of them, and I think they'd all bring something of their own.
If nothing else, all of this has left me in the mood to load up the Pirates of the Caribbean playset on Disney Infinity. Please excuse me for ninety minutes or so…