We learned a few days ago that British actress Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner, “Skins”) was closing in on the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and now producer Jerry Bruckheimer has confirmed that Scodelario has landed the role. Bruckheimer also revealed the filming for the fifth installment will start in February in Queensland, Australia.
Scodelario can be seen later this year in the sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, as she will again play Teresa in the September 18 release.
Johnny Depp is reprising his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow, while Geoffrey Rush will be returning as Captain Barbossa. Javier Bardem will play the film’s villain, Captain Brand, and Brenton Thwaites has been cast as British soldier Henry in the film. Scodelario will play Henry’s love interest.
Although still unconfirmed, rumors have persisted that this film may see the return of Orlando Bloom’s William Turner as well.
The fifth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise will be directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki). The film is slated to be released in theaters on July 7, 2017. You can view photos of the set under construction using the gallery below.
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