The Swashbuckling Hero Returns

Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides is all set for release sans Knightly and Bloom

Perhaps one of the most successful franchises based on a fantasy-adventure genre, Pirates of the Caribbean is set to release its fourth installment on May 20 worldwide. Unlike its previous trilogy, this film has a new director at the helm – Rob Marshall. The cast, too, is relatively new with the presence of Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane.

The trailer seems intriguing, and injects a breath of fresh air, and is almost reminiscent when it first released. It has all the elements that one looks for – dark comedy and adventure – all rolled into one. So, if you thought you’d be exhausted from watching the previous films, you might want to rethink again.

Johnny Depp reprises his role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he’s unsure if it’s love, or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure – he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. The remaining cast includes Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.

According to, director Rob Marshall on helming this project said, “The reason I did this movie was to work with Johnny. That’s the real reason and there are all these wonderful rewards along the way. But that was the main reason. I always wanted to make an adventure. I was a fan of the ‘Pirates’ series as well, and was always in line for them. Maybe because I come from choreography, I’ve always felt that there’s something about action films that made it very natural for me to go that way. It’s story through movement. I felt very at home doing action. So it was thrilling to step into that world. And also it was great to learn how to work in 3D.”

It’s highly unlikely that the absence of Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom will prove to be a downer going by the trailer alone. For the premiere of the movie, Disneyland has been temporarily shut as it readies itself for the screening of this celebrity-studded event.

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