Johnny Depp is back with another ocean thrilling adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean : Salazar’s Revenge, opening in cinemas across SA this weekend.
FILM: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: SALAZAR’S REVENGE
CAST: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin R. McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Stephen Graham and Geoffrey Rush
DIRECTORS: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge. The “rip-roaring adventure” finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea – notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
When Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney got set to jump into making the next Pirates of the Caribbean film, they began a search for a new story that would take the series a few steps forward, while at the same time hearken back to the elements of fantasy, action, comedy, and elements of the supernatural that had made the first film such a sensation.
The search eventually led them to veteran screenwriter Jeff Nathanson, and while he was busy bringing the filmmakers’ vision and the spirit of the new adventure to life, the hunt for a director began in earnest. Ultimately, the filmmakers found the “perfect” directors to helm the film – the Norwegian directing team of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. The directing duo is known for impressing international audiences with their Academy Award-nominated epic tale of real-life ocean exploration, ‘Kon-Tiki’, followed by the highly rated, big-scale Netflix miniseries ‘Marco Polo’.
For the directors, the opportunity to be part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was a dream come true. “It’s the kind of movie we grew up with and love,” Sandberg says. “That mix of adventure, action, and comedy is what we’ve always loved about big American movies.”
Confesses Rønning, “The Pirates films remind me about the kind of movies that inspired me to become a filmmaker when I was a kid. Now that I have kids of my own, it’s great to make a movie that they can watch too. It’s a true family movie.
“We know that trying to do something original with the fifth installment was going to be a challenge, but that was important to us,” continues Rønning, to which Sandberg adds, “I think that we very much looked back to the first movie when we went into this. It’s an amazing franchise, and a great responsibility for us. There are so many fans around the world, and we were fans as well watching the movies in Norway.”