Jack Sparrow just can’t catch a break, eh? Less than 24 hours after we brought you yet another action shot for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, one that stirred up the bitter old rivalry between Johnny Depp’s swashbuckling hero and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), EW has rolled out the latest pic for Disney’s long-awaited sequel and yes, Sparrow is in a spot of bother once more.
But rather than Geoffrey Rush’s old frenemy, the image above places Johnny Depp’s franchise mascot opposite Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), the wayward son of Will (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), who made a surprise appearance in the sequel’s international trailer earlier this week.
That particular surprise is ostensibly out in the open, then, but in tandem with today’s reveal, EW quizzed Brenton Thwaites about the experience of acting alongside Johnny Depp.
My first scene with [Johnny], if I’m remembering correctly, was the scene where Henry is trying to convince Jack Sparrow to team up with him and find this ancient treasure that could one, help Henry, and two, ultimately save Jack — so, a lot of things going on. I just remember being absolutely terrified, like I’d never acted in my life before doing this scene. I just remember thinking, ‘How am I going to stand there and talk to Johnny Depp for three minutes, opposite a character that I’d grown up with in my teenage years? It’s not going to be possible.
Combining “darkness, adventure [and] love,” Thwaites goes on to hint that Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has what it takes to stand alongside the 2003 original, Curse of the Black Pearl. The early word from CinemaCon was overly positive, but it remains to be seen if that buzz carries over to the theatrical release.
Thwaites, meanwhile, took the time to highlight the sequel’s standout qualities:
It means everything, mate, and that was the goal that [directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg] were going for. That mix of darkness, adventure, love, and swashbuckling were something that none of us had really seen on the screen before, and it was so fresh and exciting and it was the goal for number five to bring all those elements back to the screen, all those ingredients that made such a tasteful cocktail in the first one.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is expected to hit these shores on May 26th. Those in the UK can expect Disney’s rip-roaring sequel to arrive on the same date bearing the title Salazar’s Revenge, and if you’re weighing up the possibility of catching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 the moment it hits theaters, a five-minute preview of Dead Men Tell No Tales will screen beforehand.