The next instalment in the swashbuckling Disney franchise is hoping to lock down its newest female lead, according to a report from Variety. As we’ve come to expect from Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the powers-that-be are whittling down their choices via a shortlist which has recently surfaced.
With the fifth part of the Pirates series aiming at a summer 2017 release, the casting process is kicking things up a notch by roping in another young, fresh face to commandeer the adventures this time around. Those actresses include Lucy Boynton (Miss Potter), Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love, Carrie remake), Jenna Thiam (TV’s The Returned), Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner series) and Alexandra Dowling (The Musketeers).
The names in contention are apparently all in the running for the female role opposite the recently-cast Brenton Thwaites. Reports indicate that the studio were keen to secure Thwaites first, before drafting up a selection of possible female co-stars. Now that he’s on board, tests are set to commence shortly to gauge chemistry between Thwaites and his future on-screen love interest. Specific details on the role is being kept under wraps, but we do know that Thwaites will play a British soldier called Henry.
Whichever actress lands the part – and they have all proven their mettle in previous projects – they’ll be joining returning franchise stalwart Johnny Depp. Back as the notorious Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp could be sharing the reprisal spotlight with prior Pirates performers, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush, whose names have been linked with the sequel.
Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sets sail for theatres on July 7th, 2017.