Fifth “Pirates” Film To Be A Minor Reboot?

Not long ago came word that young Australian actor Brenton Thwaites had joined the cast of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth film in the series at Disney Pictures.

Thwaites was essentially taking on the young hunky male role in the film which Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner character served as in the first three movies. Speaking with IGN this week, Bloom suggested the new film is not just a sequel but a minor reboot/refresh.

He also seemed to indicate he may be involved in some way, and that the film could tie back to the coda of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” where it was shown he and Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth had a son – could that kid have grown up and is now Thwaites’ character? Here’s what Bloom says:

“I’m not entirely sure that [I’ll be back] just yet, but there are talks. Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son… I’m of course Davey Jones now, so I’m down the bottom of the ocean. It might be kind of fun to do something where I’m rumbling round the bottom of the ocean, because I won’t look anything like me. [Gestures to face] Get all gnarly.”

Whether Bloom returns or not, the film is expected to feature the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, and the debut of Javier Bardem as the ghostly villain Captain Brand.

Filming begins in Queensland, Australia in early 2015 ahead of a July 2017 release.