Johnny Depp is returning to the big screen as Captain Jack Sparrow on Memorial Day weekend, and he’s bringing some old friends with him. With the wind going out of the franchise’s sails after On Stranger Tides, the fifth movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales, looks to be a return to form. Depp and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa will be back, but they’ll be joined by Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, who sat out On Stranger Tides — and, as a new featurette reveals, Turner’s son, Henry.
I guess Disney decided that everyone had already figured out that Brenton Thwaites’s character, Henry, was actually Henry Turner, because the featurette doesn’t make a big deal about it — just casually slides ‘Henry Turner’ in as Thwaites says his piece in the video. The character isn’t totally new — at the end of the third movie, At World’s End, we saw Turner’s son along with Elizabeth waiting as Will returned after his 10-year stint on the Flying Dutchman. In the new movie, father and son might meet. Who knows what that will be like — Bloom has suggested before that they’ll be doing something very different with Will’s character.
It won’t be a full cast reunion. Keira Knightley won’t be back as Elizabeth, and Gore Verbinski won’t be back in the director’s chair. But, new directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg sound like they’re ready for the challenge. In the featurette, they talk about wanting to bring the franchise back to its roots — when it was based on the Disneyland ride. Pure excitement, in other words — one of the best parts of the featurette is seeing thousands of extras run around in a panic after an explosion. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that they’ve got expert villain actor Javier Bardem in as one of Captain Jack’s many old enemies.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will set sail on May 26 of this year — not a bad way to say hello to summer.