Javier Bardem (“Skyfall,” “No Country for Old Men”) is in early talks to play the villain in the upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” which is targeting a Summer 2017 release.
Bardem is reportedly set to play a ghost captain who blames Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow for the death of his brother and is searching for a supernatural object to aid him.
Another key role yet to be cast is a love interest for Depp, a woman who is accused of being a witch. Joachim Ronnin and Espen Sandbreg are directing the film.
Geoffrey Rush is also reportedly set to return as Barbosa in the project which begins a five month shoot next year in Australia.
Bardem’s wife, Penelope Cruz, played the female lead in the previous film in the series “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”.