Although the last nautical outing was a bit of a critical flop for Disney, Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales has set sail on its long voyage to the silver screen. We've been promised ghost pirates, we've been promised Poseidon, we've been promised a Jack Sparrow who isn't even a little bit tired of his constant adventuring.
After months with no updates about the film, the first teaser trailer has finally been released — with plenty of plot hints stowed below decks. Check it out:
With a suitably swashbuckling soundtrack, and yet another CGI-ed rival captain for Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is off to a good start. But who's the young, Orlando Bloom lookalike that Captain Salazar is threatening? We may already have an answer to this little mystery.
The Prodigal Son Returns
After At World's End saw Will Turner sink below the waves as the new Davy Jones — with Elizabeth Swann watching his descent from a desert island — the next installment in the Pirates saga left us wondering what the Turner-Swann family were up to. How is Will faring now that he's taken on the curse of Davy Jones? And whatever happened to Elizabeth and Will's young son?
It looks like Dead Men Tell No Tales might feature Elizabeth and Will's son in a starring role — the young man in the trailer, played by Brenton Thwaites, is almost definitely the character in question.
Thwaites himself hinted as much early last year. Speaking to The Mirror, Thwaites explained his role in Pirates 5.
"It's about a young man who wants to reconnect with his father, Davy Jones. There's a curse that prevents him from doing that. I think it's about how he goes around that and tries to fix it and he has to save his dad."
As the original Davy Jones, played by Bill Nighy, perished in At World's End, it seems highly likely that Thwaites was referring to the current Davy Jones — one William Turner.
Half Of A Family Reunion
Hot on the heels of this plot hint, Orlando Bloom was confirmed to reprise his role as Will Turner in Dead Men Tell No Tales. However, when asked by BBC Radio 2 about whether Elizabeth might also reappear in Pirates 5, Kiera Knightley firmly stated that she won't return to this franchise — ever. So a full family reunion is far over the horizon.
Other than Thwaites' hint back in January of 2015, we've had no official confirmation that he's playing the son of Elizabeth and Will — though the character's name has been revealed to be Henry. However, it would make a lot of sense to include Elizabeth and Will's son in this film, as this would provide a connection to the first trilogy of Pirates movies, while venturing forward and developing Will's relationship with his estranged son.
For now, we'll just have to wait for the official word on the subject, as well as a second trailer featuring Kaya Scoledario's new character Carina, that ghost pirate army — and Will Turner himself. Oh and Jack Sparrow too, because what's a Pirates movie without him?
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