Paul McCartney Joins Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Paul McCartney joins the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

If you see someone sailing the seven seas in a yellow submarine in the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, chances are good it’ll be Paul McCartney. Deadline is reporting that the 73-year-old Beatles legend is taking part in additional shooting on the fifth film in Walt Disney Pictures‘ lucrative series, with an all-new set piece added specifically to showcase his character.

While there’s no official indication of who McCartney is playing, it is no doubt a play on Jack Sparrow’s poppa having been played by Keith Richards, guitarist for The Beatles’ British Invasion rivals The Rolling Stones. Could he be playing Sparrow’s Uncle? Will Turner’s grandfather? A totally new character? For what it’s worth, this will be McCartney’s first time playing someone other than himself onscreen, as he’d done in musicals such as A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and Give My Regards to Broad Street. He most recently voiced himself in an episode of Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman.”

Directed by Norwegian filmmakers Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will, as previously announced, also feature the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbosa. They’re joined by Academy Award winner Javier Bardem, who plays the central antagonist, Captain Salazar. Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver) also plays another new character named Henry. 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will debut in theaters on July 7, 2017.

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