We are, at the time of writing, exactly one month out from the launch of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – known as Salazar’s Revenge across the choppy waters of the North Atlantic – and in an effort to ensure everyone is up to speed on the history of the franchise, Disney has unearthed a new promo for Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning’s soft reboot that presents a welcome history lesson on Jack Sparrow and his death-defying adventures.
From The Curse of the Black Pearl all the way up to 2011’s On Stranger Tides, this featurette is perhaps the perfect primer for Dead Men Tell No Tales, which opens at a time when Johnny Depp’s erratic anti-hero is couped up in hiding. That self-imposed exile doesn’t last terribly long, though, particularly when Javier Bardem’s Salazar claws his way out of the Devil’s Triangle seeking revenge.
Flanked by an army of undead pirates, which ought to evoke memories of Gore Verbinski’s 2003 franchise-starter in more ways than one, Salazar leaves Jack with little choice but to seek out a powerful artifact known as the Trident of Poseidon. He won’t do so alone, of course, with previous trailers and posters confirming the return of Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), along with Will (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). The latter two will play the estranged parents of Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), the headstrong young sailor who may hold the secret to reversing Jack’s spell of ill fortune.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales pulls into port on May 26th. It’s been angled as the final adventure for Captain Jack Sparrow, which begs the question: is Disney’s swashbuckling franchise really the same without Johnny Depp’s manic lead? Time will tell.